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The four Australian cinemas named among the best in the WORLD

Four Australian cinemas have been recognised on Time Out’s top 50 ‘most beautiful cinemas in the world’ list.

They included The Astor and The Sun Theatre in Melbourne as well as Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace and Golden Age Cinema in Sydney. 

The four all date back to the mid-1930s or early 1940s and have an art deco style.  

The Astor, Melbourne 

The highest-ranking Australian movie theatre was Melbourne’s Astor Theatre, which was listed as the seventh most beautiful cinema in the world.

Located in the suburb of St Kilda, the classic, single screen theatre dates back to 1936, features a magnificent auditorium with dress circle and a beautiful golden curtain that drapes over the screen before the movie starts.  

But there is nothing ‘old-fashioned’ about the facilities, as it’s fully air-conditioned, has a ‘state of the art’ sound system and Barco 4K digital projector. 

The highest-ranking Australian movie theatre was Melbourne's Astor Theatre, which was listed as the seventh most beautiful cinema in the world (pictured)

The highest-ranking Australian movie theatre was Melbourne's Astor Theatre, which was listed as the seventh most beautiful cinema in the world (pictured)

The highest-ranking Australian movie theatre was Melbourne’s Astor Theatre, which was listed as the seventh most beautiful cinema in the world (pictured)

Located in the suburb of St Kilda, the classic, single screen theatre dates back to 1936 and features magnificent auditorium with dress circle (The Astor pictured)

Located in the suburb of St Kilda, the classic, single screen theatre dates back to 1936 and features magnificent auditorium with dress circle (The Astor pictured)

Located in the suburb of St Kilda, the classic, single screen theatre dates back to 1936 and features magnificent auditorium with dress circle (The Astor pictured)

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Sydney

The gorgeous vintage art décor cinema Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Sydney’s northern suburb of Cremorne was listed as number 24.

The Hayden Orpheum opened its doors in 1935 and was ‘Sydney’s only suburban city movie theatre’ for many years as it could screen films and live cast musicals across two levels.

In recent years the cinema has undergone a huge $2.5-million restoration and features modern equipment with six screens – each being a tribute to a different art deco style.

The gorgeous vintage art décor cinema Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Sydney's northern suburb of Cremorne was listed as number 24 among the world's best (pictured)

The gorgeous vintage art décor cinema Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Sydney's northern suburb of Cremorne was listed as number 24 among the world's best (pictured)

The gorgeous vintage art décor cinema Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Sydney’s northern suburb of Cremorne was listed as number 24 among the world’s best (pictured)

In recent years the cinema has undergone a huge $2.5-million restoration and features modern equipment with six screens - each being a tribute to a different art deco style

In recent years the cinema has undergone a huge $2.5-million restoration and features modern equipment with six screens - each being a tribute to a different art deco style

In recent years the cinema has undergone a huge $2.5-million restoration and features modern equipment with six screens – each being a tribute to a different art deco style 

Golden Age Cinema and Bar, Sydney

Sydney’s Golden Age Cinema and Bar in the popular suburb of Surry Hills was listed as number 39 in the top 50.

Time Out noted the incredible history of the 1940 building and how during World War II the space was used to screen newsreels and important updates.

Today classic and new release films are shown, and guests can purchase delicious snacks from the bar. 

Sydney's Golden Age Cinema and Bar in the popular suburb of Surry Hills was listed as number 39 in the top 50. Today classic and new release films are shown, and guests can purchase delicious snacks from the bar

Sydney's Golden Age Cinema and Bar in the popular suburb of Surry Hills was listed as number 39 in the top 50. Today classic and new release films are shown, and guests can purchase delicious snacks from the bar

Sydney’s Golden Age Cinema and Bar in the popular suburb of Surry Hills was listed as number 39 in the top 50. Today classic and new release films are shown, and guests can purchase delicious snacks from the bar

The Sun Theatre in Melbourne came in at 44 on the list and first opened in 1939 with a single screen and 1,050 seats

The Sun Theatre in Melbourne came in at 44 on the list and first opened in 1939 with a single screen and 1,050 seats

The Sun Theatre in Melbourne came in at 44 on the list and first opened in 1939 with a single screen and 1,050 seats

The Sun Theatre, Melbourne

The Sun Theatre in Melbourne came in at 44 on the list and first opened in 1939 with a single screen and 1,050 seats.

Today the cinema boasts eight individual cinemas and maintains an art déco style.

Upon entering visitors can gaze upon the iconic well-preserve Sun neon sign with ticket box and foyer area below.

Similarly to Sydney’s Golden Age cinema, The Sun Theatre also shows a range of films – including classics and new movies.

THE TOP TEN MOST BEAUTIFUL CINEMAS IN THE WORLD: 

1. Pathé Tuschinski, Amsterdam

2. Le Grand Rex, Paris

3. Village East Cinema, New York

4. Cineteca Madrid, Madrid

5. The Electric, London

6. Cinema Dei Piccoli, Rome

7. The Astor, Melbourne

8. ArcLight Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles

9. The Civic, Auckland

10. Puskin Art Cinema, Budapest

Source: Time Out

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