City of Maribyrnong | M04
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.
Guided tours will take you through the cinema and into the projection rooms, with vintage newsreels playing in the cinema.
Need to Know
Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 9am–10am
Tour Type: Bookings Required, $5
Tour Details: Tours at 9am and 9.30am, running 20 minutes in groups of 20
Access: Limited mobility, all ages
Building Type: Cultural
Architecture Era: Interwar (1919-1940)
Transport: Train stop: Yarraville Train Station via Werribee and Williamstown lines
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sun Theatre
8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville 3013, Yarraville VIC