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At the time of writing this Sydney venues are opening up to audience capacities of 75%. With Covid 19 check ins it is advisable to arrive  a half an hour before the scheduled performance time.

One is hurried in and may miss one of the additional pleasures, in particular a spectacular foyer.

The grand- daddy of them all is the State Theatre in Market Street, Sydney.  The building was completed in  1929 after a two year build.

State Theatre

It is an unusual blend of Art Deco and Heraldic  decoration obviously  reflecting the interests of the architect  Henry  Eli White. It was heritage listed and there are tours of the foyer, but whether these have recommenced is an uncertainty.

Like the State Theatre, the Randwick Ritz was heritage listed in 1999. It is located at 43 St Pauls Street, Randwick, the area colloquially known as the Spot. It was designed by Aaron Bolot in a classic Art Deco design in 1937, featuring Egyptian motifs with their sharp, angular lines complementing those of the Art Deco movement.

Radwick Ritz

In 2008 the Australian Film Walk Of Fame  was created outside the theatre’s foyer, with plaques honouring members of the Australian film industry.

Those honoured include Charles Tingwell, Michael Caton , Claudia Karvan, Jack Thompson , Barry Otto and Deborah Mailman, to name  but a few.

The next two theatres are not heritage listed and, in fact, one of them, the Camelot Lounge, had to move to its current premises because the previous venue was declared a fire trap. It is located at 103 Marrickville Road, Marrickville.

It is not a traditional foyer as such. As you enter the venue after climbing a steep flight of stairs, you are confronted  with a  jumble of camels and Botero paintings with their oversize  subjects and flamboyance.

The Camelot Lounge
Camelot Lounge

It is co-owned by Tony Hecimovic and Yaron Hallis, who is the lead singer and founder of Monsieur Camembert. The band is depicted  on the Lounge’s wall  and the  real Yaron Hallis can be seen on many nights serving pizzas and the like .

The Factory Theatre located at 105 Victoria  Road, Marrickville is not a traditional  foyer as such  as it has no roof. However, at night, when you enter this space you are dazzled by a cornucopia of fairy lights and decorations.

Factory Theatre, Marrickville
Factory Theatre
Factory Theatre

It reminded me of the nocturnal decorations of Luna Park. The space  opens up to a number of venues and once again you may be rushing to find the appropriate performance space thus missing  the fairyland above you.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Palace Central foyer in the Central Park complex . At this venue you are greeted by long wall apertures of colour alternating neon lights.  You don’t have  to look up  to see or feel the impact of this foyer.

Palace Cinema Central

Photos and text  by Ben Apfelbaum.





Randwick Ritz is inviting cinemagoers to an advance screening of the new documentary Oliver Sacks: His Own Life presented by the Jewish International Film Festival.

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks was a fearless explorer of unknown mental worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity. Continue reading OLIVER SACKS : HIS OWN LIFE @ RANDWICK RITZ THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON


Sundays at 4pm, October 4 – November 8

Presented by Ritz Cinemas in association with StudioCanal and Cinema Reborn is this retrospective of 6 stunning restorations of Jean-Pierre Melville’s intensely unique cinema. The program, screening every Sunday at 4pm from October 4 until November 8, is crowned by the magnificent restoration of one of Melville’s greatest films, Red Circle (Le Cercle Rouge), which screened at the Venice Film Festival this year.

Each film in the series is introduced by a leading film critic, scholar or filmmaker who will set the scene for an appreciation of one of the great names of 20th century cinema.

Sunday 4 October, 4pm
 – Le Cercle Rouge (1970) introduced by Dr Jane Mills, associate professor for the School of the Arts & Media, UNSW.
Sunday 11 October, 4pm – Bob, Le Flambeur (1956) introduced by Bruce Beresford, award-winning filmmaker of Ladies in BlackDriving Miss DaisyBreaker Morant, and more.
Sunday 18 October, 4pm – Le Doulos (1963) introduced by John McDonald, film critic and writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review, and more.
Sunday 25 October, 4pm – Leon Morin, Priest (1961) introduced by Max Berghouse: lawyer, film critic and film scholar.
Sunday 1 November, 4pm – Army of Shadows (1969) introduced by David Stratton: author, film critic, festival director and programmer, television presenter, and lecturer.
Sunday 8 November, 4pm – Un Flic (1972) introduced by Margot Nash, filmmaker and honorary associate teacher in the School of Communications, UTS.

Full program and tickets here.


ME AND MY LEFT BRAIN  is a new film from Greek-Australian writer/director/actor Alex Lykos and follows on from his critically acclaimed film Alex and Eve. Lykos summarises his film as a romantic comedy about love, career choices and the paralysing effect of over thinking. Sezary Skubiszewsk, an AACA award winning composer, has created an all jazz score for the film, the first of its kind to be made in Australia.

The Red Carpet itself was a bit of a nerve wracking experience in that the impatient photographers had to wait until the film’s actors finished drinking in a cafe across the road from the red carpeted Randwick Ritz cinema.

However once they crossed the road and onto the Red Carpet they were absolutely ebullient when facing the lenses and flashes.

ME  AND MY LEFT BRAIN is screening at selected cinemas now.

Pics by Ben Apfelbaum. Featured image Natalie Ladyko.