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Academy Theatre

2004 Photo from the Ken Roe collection.
3A Oxford St
Paddington NSW

Record #311  
 Opened: 1911
 Closed: June 26, 2010
 Current Use:
Capacity: 800 seats
Architectural Style(s): Edwardian Baroque
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Olympia, West's Olympia, Odeon, Mandala
 Previously operated by: Palace Cinemas

Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.

Built and opened as the 2,500 seat Olympia in 1911, it came under Union Cinemas control in 1920. Although strictly just within the boundary of Paddington, it has always had the Darlinghurst district 'tag' on the end of its title. Modernised in the 1930s with a new proscenium, decorations and light fittings it was again renovated and re-named Odeon Darlinghurst in 1953. Closed as the Odeon in 1960 it stood empty until it re-opened as the Mandala Cinema, home of 'Cult & Rock' films. This closed in 1972 and it was converted into Sydney's first twin cinema located on the ground floor level. The screens have a seating capacity of 500 and 300. The remainder of the building, which has been totally gutted of its original decoration, has been converted into a restaurant/nightclub operation.

 Photos remain the property of the Member and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Member.

February 2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.

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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 6/27/2010.

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