243 Bourke Street,
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Previously operated by: Hoyts Theatres
Previous Names: Paramount Theatre, Hoyts Lyceum Theatre, Cleopatra Theatre
News About This Theater
- Mar 2, 2010 — Happy 45th, "The Sound Of Music"
The decoration in this theatre was Edwardian when the Paramount Theatre opened on 27th December 1915 with Mary Pickford in “Rags”. It was a conversion of an existing building. In 1921 alterations were carried out to the plans of architects H. Gibb & Finlay which added a further 400 seats to the theatre by converted a former warehouse at the back of the stage. The theatre changed it’s name to Hoyts Lyceum Theatre in 1932. The style remained until 1963 when the walls were covered by curtains, which also included the foyers. It became the Cleopatra Theatre for the film of the same name when it opened here in February 1964. When the run of “Cleopatra” ended in 1965, it was re-named Paris Theatre and “The Sound of Music” played to packed houses. It closed in January 1970 and was demolished a short time later.
The seating capacity listed was from 1950.
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