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Savoy Theatre

Venue Summary
Name Savoy Theatre
Address Church street, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500
Operation Dates 1936-12-03 - 1964-09-14
Capacity 1102
Suburban/Country Country
Purpose Cinema
1936-12-03 - 1964-09-14 : Owned : Wollongong Theatres Pty. Ltd.
Venue Comments

The building of the Savoy Theatre was commissioned by Wollongong Theatres to replace the company’s aging the Globe Theatre. The cinema was designed by architects Guy Crick and Bruce Furse and described as being of “Continental Modern” style (South Coast Times, Friday 4 December 1936.)

The building held 1102 patrons 781 in the stalls and 321 in the gallery. The stage was fitted with a fly-tower and the theatre was regularly used for dramatic productions, choral performances and variety shows. In December 1954 the Savoy was fitted for CinemaScope, becoming the first theatre in Wollongong to do so (Parkinson 1995, pp. 34-35).

In 1964 the Savoy was demolished to make way for a multi-story car-park attached to a new shopping complex owned by David Jones (Illawarra Mercury, Monday 28 September 1964).


Parkinson, R. J 1995, Gauffered Velour: A history of motion picture exhibition and picture theatres in the Illawarra district of New South Wales 1897-1994, Australian Theatre Historical Society Inc, Campbelltown NSW.

Illawarra Mercury, Illawarra Newspaper Co., Wollongong, N.S.W. : 1955-

South Coast Times Wollongong, N.S.W. 1959-1968

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1936-12-03 Savoy Theatre Church street
New South Wales 2500
1102 Country Cinema