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Old October 23rd, 2014, 02:21 PM   #21
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Here is a link to a thread on this website on the new tower in development to replace this Cinema and the Greater Union Centre (Paramount and Rapallo before that) next door.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1727496

Sad to see the last Cinemas go in that part of George St, but I have got to be honest and say that since Event Cinemas amalgamated the Hoyts Centre and the Greater Union next door , its made the place feel more like an Amusement Park than a Cinema Complex. It has a reel overkill feel to the place once your inside.

So I hope this new building amazes me as much as when the Hoyts Centre opened back in 1977 and just wowed me with how big the interior was and its brutalist architecture look.

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Old October 24th, 2014, 03:19 AM   #22
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I remember going to the George St cinemas a lot in the late 80's, early 90's. They were good, and it was especially handy having all the take away food places nearby. One of the cinemas did have a store in it that sold lots of black heavy metal style t shirts, and also movie posters, etc.

There was also a cinema on Pitt St.

http://pastlivesofthenearfuture.com/...et-sydney-nsw/
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Old October 24th, 2014, 10:40 AM   #23
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I remember going to the George St cinemas a lot in the late 80's, early 90's. They were good, and it was especially handy having all the take away food places nearby. One of the cinemas did have a store in it that sold lots of black heavy metal style t shirts, and also movie posters, etc.

There was also a cinema on Pitt St.

http://pastlivesofthenearfuture.com/...et-sydney-nsw/
Hi Aussie Bhoy
Hoyts had a shop under the stairs that led up to the mezzanine level that sold t-shirts and posters.
Pellegrini's next to the Original Village cinemas had a shop at street level that I bought my Starlog and Fangoria magazines in my teen years from and they also sold tshirts and posters.
Hope this helps.

PS . Thanks for posting the link to old Greater Union Pitt Centre.
I remember seeing Beverly Hills Cop there in 1985.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 12:27 PM   #24
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I think people are talking about Utopia Records which was located there for a short time. Exclusively Metal and Alternate music. It is now in Kent Street.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 01:47 PM   #25
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I think people are talking about Utopia Records which was located there for a short time. Exclusively Metal and Alternate music. It is now in Kent Street.
Hello Westyguy.

I left Sydney in mid 1989 , I had to look up where Utopia located now and amazed there still in business 25 years after I left with J&B cleaning out all the independent shops down here.
Great Shop, Definitely "Metal/Alternative"
The last time I went to Utopia before I left, it was up Wynyard way either on Sussex or Kent,
Its been a long time since ive been to Sydney.
Thanks to those who post photos of what the city looks like now, as its changed.
Alot

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Old December 18th, 2014, 05:46 AM   #26
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Cinema 1 Orange 2 doors ground
Cinema 2 Red 2 doors ground

Upstairs:

3 Brown
4 Yellow
5 Green
6 Blue
7 Purple

Wish those doors were kept in a museum.

Lost count of how may movies I went to see there since 1978, every visit to Sydney for years before they turned it into Event.

There are photos of 5 and 6 doors on the net somewhere.
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Old December 19th, 2014, 02:16 AM   #27
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Hello Westyguy.

I left Sydney in mid 1989 , I had to look up where Utopia located now and amazed there still in business 25 years after I left with J&B cleaning out all the independent shops down here.
Great Shop, Definitely "Metal/Alternative"
The last time I went to Utopia before I left, it was up Wynyard way either on Sussex or Kent,
Its been a long time since ive been to Sydney.
Thanks to those who post photos of what the city looks like now, as its changed.
Alot

Cheers.
The two best importing record stores were Utopia and Redeye.
I remember ordering a large number of deleted back catalogue from Utopia when they were in the Angel arcade, just off Martin Place, opposite the GPO. Redeye were under the then American Express building, George and King.
Amazing that both are still going, and increasing the vinyl catalogue again.

The best part of the George St Hoyts, was Harry's Bar.

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Old December 19th, 2014, 06:24 AM   #28
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There was another store on the corner of Bathurst and Pitt for a number of years, called Zounds. Opened there in 1973/74. I used to walk past on my way to school, and I think I venture in there a few times.
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I remember going to the George St cinemas a lot in the late 80's, early 90's. They were good, and it was especially handy having all the take away food places nearby. One of the cinemas did have a store in it that sold lots of black heavy metal style t shirts, and also movie posters, etc.

There was also a cinema on Pitt St.

http://pastlivesofthenearfuture.com/...et-sydney-nsw/
I remember Greater Union Pitt Street. I watched Jurassic Park there in 1993. Didn't feel as good when compared to George Street cinemas.
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Old December 19th, 2014, 12:03 PM   #30
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The two best importing record stores were Utopia and Redeye.
I remember ordering a large number of deleted back catalogue from Utopia when they were in the Angel arcade, just off Martin Place, opposite the GPO. Redeye were under the then American Express building, George and King.
Amazing that both are still going, and increasing the vinyl catalogue again.
My god I spent my entire pay at Redeye from 1998 to 2001.
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Fred,

I had some links for you but I can't post them until I've posted 10 messages here. Is this some crazy rule or what?

You've probably already seen these but, if not, google Ross Thorne. He has a 9 page pamphlet on his site about his time working with Hoyts. There are some great graphics including several near-empty interiors from October 1977.

There's also a Heritage Impact Study carried out by the city a couple of years ago which includes some great historical material on the site. The Hoyts photos are all sourced from Thorne but the pre-Hoyts material is great too. If you google "HOYTS ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE" it'll be one of the top three items.

I've also created a Hoyts Entertainment Centre list on Trove. It's not very well developed yet but there are about 30 images there. You can find it by going to trove and adding /list?id=93306 after the basic URL.
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Fred,

I had some links for you but I can't post them until I've posted 10 messages here. Is this some crazy rule or what?

You've probably already seen these but, if not, google Ross Thorne. He has a 9 page pamphlet on his site about his time working with Hoyts. There are some great graphics including several near-empty interiors from October 1977.

There's also a Heritage Impact Study carried out by the city a couple of years ago which includes some great historical material on the site. The Hoyts photos are all sourced from Thorne but the pre-Hoyts material is great too. If you google "HOYTS ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE" it'll be one of the top three items.

I've also created a Hoyts Entertainment Centre list on Trove. It's not very well developed yet but there are about 30 images there. You can find it by going to trove and adding /list?id=93306 after the basic URL.
I started going there in 1978.

Damn I wish iPhones were invented then.

I can't find photos of the Orange, Red, Brown, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple doors I have coloured tickets from 1980 but sadly they are in storage as I'd take photos of them and post on Trove, one day maybe.

There is in Ross's report Cinemas 4 and 5 door photos but they are a far way back.

I miss that place so many happy memories. I go there now, when I am in Sydney, and it's so bland as events. The doors and art deco made it that place.
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I can't find photos of the Orange, Red, Brown, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple doors I have coloured tickets from 1980 but sadly they are in storage as I'd take photos of them and post on Trove, one day maybe.
Surely they exist in somebody's archives, somebody who doesn't realise the desirability of them on these boards!
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Surely they exist in somebody's archives, somebody who doesn't realise the desirability of them on these boards!
Probably but they will turn up. I have plenty of interior and exterior shots.

It mean a lot to me that place. I remember seeing Alien there and the cinema was freezing and that added to the tension.
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A couple of pictures that I took last weekend of what remains of the cinemas on George St.



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Gday everyone.
Thanks for all the information everyone has been putting up on this post.
Glad im not the only one who has good memories of the place.

@AussieBhoy . That 2nd Pic of the roof is Classic. Never seen it from that angle, so Spot On Mate.

Going to be interesting to see what happens to the old box over the next 12 months.

All the best.

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I vividly remember Hoyts TV commercial with Susannah York

"The largest cinema complex IN THE WORLD".... "in the grandest Hollywood Style"

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