Globe Newsreel Theatre

628 George Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000

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Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Roma Theatre

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Globe Newsreel

The Globe Newsreel Theatre was built by the Virgona family along with the World Theatre, also on George Street. The Globe Newsreel Theatre was the largest of the news theatres and sported a mini-cinema Art Deco style look. It had a good location being next to the Plaza Theatre and Century Theatre and across from the Regent Theatre and Victory Theatre.

In the 1950’s the Globe Newsreel Theatre survived a scandal involving hookers plying their trade in the front stalls. Like others news theatres it switched to feature films briefly, and by 1968 was operating as the Roma Theatre.

Closed and demolished along with adjacent shops when the Metro Theatre was built on the site.

Contributed by john gleeson

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

impalax327 on April 17, 2016 at 1:57 am

When it was The Roma it seemed to run “This is Spinal Tap” forever! I think I remember it showing The Blues Brothers as well?

itinerama on June 19, 2016 at 12:27 am

The air-conditioning unit was also very loud and ruined my seeing films there.

haydn keenan
haydn keenan on February 3, 2018 at 4:09 pm

The Roma ran my first feature film “GOING DOWN” in 1983 when the majors were too cowardly to come on board. Ran for 14 weeks to full houses.

WillardCrick on April 18, 2021 at 12:50 pm

The Roma also showed Ken Russell’s The Devils back in the early 70s,along with cryptic warnings about the nature of the film (Warner Brothers virtually didn’t want people to see the thing).People flocked to it of course if I remember and it played for a marathon length of time.

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