Reviewed July 26, Beautiful Cinema. To the non-expert viewer this ceiling appears to be an abstract blocky composition of steps, overlaid with flutes and bands, tumbling down the auditorium. Board and built by J. Only the Saraton Theatre remains as representative and symbol of the time when attending a picture theatre was the principal passive recreational activity of the general population with, on average, every Australian attending around 20 times per year. Forward of the dress circle there are two panels one above the other in each bay between wall piers. All reviews latest movies great sound art deco watch movies popcorn equipment greek tickets seating features. Mr George Rae; architect; from Brisbane.
This property is closed Report incorrect address Suggest edits. Perhaps the Notaras Brothers attempted to beat Dorgan at his own game because, as well as building the Saraton, they gained control of the Fitzroy in the early s. With the exception of these minor points the foyer, its dado bands, skirtings , door architraves and doors, and the ceiling, remains an excellent example of a foyer for a better class of the late s large theatre, built in a small country city or well-populated suburb of Sydney in which city they are now almost all demolished. The major restoration was done some years ago and is a practical and attractive asset for the Grafton community, thank you to the Notaras family Is this attraction accessible using public transportation? The proscenium opening is currently about 10 metres wide – sufficiently wide for most travelling live shows if, and when these are permitted.
The front of the circle is the only apparent remnant of the interior. Low seating not as comfortable as more modern cinemas but hey this is a beautiful gem of a theatre The facing to the balustrade ha been formed, in a slightly bellied shape, with sheet-metal pressed lightly with a repetitive pattern of stylised cinmea “stalks”.
In recent years it has been restored to it’s former glory thatb it had when i was a child and it is magnificent. Log in to get trip updates and message other travelers.
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The side walls have a unique pattern of grille decoration in cast fibrous plaster to cover the former ventilation openings. About Us Help Center. It installed facilities to allow the theatre to be used for live performances in addition to cinema screenings.
The dress circle is partially supported from the floor below by four columns. TripAdvisor has been notified.
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Good prices and friendly staff. Only the Saraton Theatre remains as representative and symbol of the time when attending a picture theatre was the principal passive recreational activity of the general population with, on average, every Australian attending around 20 times per year. It is, for the most part, original as of Nearby Attractions See all 17 nearby attractions.
The Saraton is therefore one of nearly four per cent of country picture theatres still operating in relatively original design condition as existed in the first half of the 20th century. Reviewed August 6, Board and built by J. It then held an official re-opening on 23 November, screening “Grafton at Work and Play”, a silent movie which had been screened on the theatre’s opening night in Forward of the dress circle there are two panels one above the other in each bay between wall piers.
A true survivor from the Art Deco period, with new cinema areas as well as the old theatre area in use nearly every day, except Monday’s.
The central height was dictated by the projection beam of light from the operating bio box to a screen that provided suitable sight-lines. The Saraton Theatre is an example of a building type and style that was once common in country towns but now rare with only 14 still operating, and in recognisable original condition to their pre-World War II designs 13 of which were built before Large fully renovated but kept early features. The rectangular sand-blasted “frosted” glass flush-to-the-ceiling light fittings remain.
Apart from some criss-crossing strapping elements on the bulkhead rise linking the steps in the ceiling, the ceiling plaster repeats elements found in the foyer except that the edge bands of vertical flutings have been painted gold which helps to accentuate the different levels of the ceiling. It is one of only two historic buildings on the western side of Prince Street between the viaduct and Fitzroy Street – the other being the Commercial Bank Building – not to have been modified in an unsympathetic, modern commercial manner.
Is this attraction accessible using public transportation? The non-original ceiling light fittings are in a poor condition. A flower or plant motif is at cineema top of each second stalk. Becoming managers of picture theatres also provided Greek immigrants with greater standing in town communities and allowed them to be better integrated into cienma communities. The place has potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of the cultural or natural history of New South Wales.
This page was last hrafton on cinemq Decemberat Reviewed August 27, New South Wales portal. It is known that at least 61 of these immigrants were proprietors of their own food businesses by the time they branched into the motion picture exhibition business. Reviewed August 29, Art Deco theatre survives modern age. The stalls floor beneath most of the dress circle has a very slight slope up towards the entrance doors, cindma the remainder of the floor is flat extending to an orchestra pit that is immediately in front of the stage.
Above the doors, for their full length, is one of the largest seen for a single screen sarwton rear-illuminated opalescent program sign to take removable letters for the films currently being shown.
Are the prices for this sraton or activity expensive? Although the Notaras Brothers leased their Grafton theatres to a local independent exhibitor frafton the early s to early sa member of the family, Irene Notaras, resumed operation from to today. A “Formica” type laminated plastic top has replaced the original which may have been either marble or plate glass.
The lobby to the dress circle is relatively narrow  after entering it from the two flights of stairs that provide access. Mr George Rae; architect; from Brisbane.