Thursday, 14 April 2016

#36 - Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace

The Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace is both one of the best named, and just one of the best, cinemas in Sydney.  It's an old art deco cinema, which will delight people who like old art deco cinemas.  The halls are a bit more like theatre halls, and they even have the curtain in front of the cinema screen to add to that effect.  It apparently has a 1925 Wurlitzer, but I have to confess that I had no idea what that is.  I could have been eating it for all I knew.

A red curtain - you hardly need to go yourself now
In addition to an interesting building and halls, there is of course the minor matter of the actual movies that they show.  At the Hayden Orpheum, they tend to have a good mix of modern day mainstream movies, combined with a few classics or cult films.  We watched an Iranian film there during the Sydney Film Festival (how cultured are we), and they also have a monthly screening of 'The Room', which they describe as 'the Citizen Kane of bad movies'.  It's worth checking their website to see if they have any events on.

I know, this is pretty poor quality, but I was rushing -  you're not really supposed to be taking pictures in the cinema
The Hayden Orpheum is located in Cremorne, and is probably easiest to get to by bus or taxi.  Unless of course, you are staying in Cremorne, in which case you can probably go on foot.  It's about 10 minutes from the CBD in a taxi, and about 20 minutes by bus.

I must be going soft, because this is a pretty positive review, and I haven't yet pointed out that it is, at the end of the day, just a cinema.  A very nice cinema, but still just a cinema.  Is it actually better than a helicopter tour?  Not a chance, but then again, it is a tad cheaper.

Is the Hayden Orpheum better than a helicopter tour of the city?  Would you go out of your way to come and see this cinema?  Proclaim your opinion as if it is indisputable fact below.

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