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Sun Theatre

Architect: Cowper, Murphy and Appleford

City of Maribyrnong | M03

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Built in 1938, The Sun took only six months to construct by the firm, Hansen and Yuncken Pty Ltd, for £25,000. The Sun Theatre was acquired in 1965 by CMP under whose management the theatre would operate as a Greek-language cinema until its closure in 1982. It became derelict over the next twenty years until the current owners purchased it in 1995. It was in a sad state, a mecca for white ants and a roof so leaky that the plaster ceiling had caved in on the seats. The new owners began one of Melbourne’s most popular film societies from 1998 to 2003 which encouraged everyone to help bring the Sun back to glory. The large auditorium has been carefully and respectfully divided into four cinemas, and another four cinemas have been added over several years. When it originally opened in 1938, the Sun was a single-screen, 1050-seat cinema and the most luxurious in the area. Today it has eight boutique art deco inspired cinemas, ranging in size from 200 seats down to 23 couches and variations in between, screening new release and art house films from Hollywood, Australia and around the world.

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  • Open: Sat 9am - 10am & Sun 9am-10am - Booking required for this building

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8:30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at 9am, 9:30am, running for 20minutes, in groups of 30

  • Special Programming: Newsreels will be playing in the cinema prior to tour.

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility access

  • Year Built: 1938

  • Transport: Train stop: Yarraville Train Station via Werribee and Williamstown lines

  • Tour Type: Pre-booked

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Location

8 Ballarat St, Yarraville 3013, VIC

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