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INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Insider’s Guide to the Orpheum Cremorne Picture Theatre.

Do you love ART DECO BUILDINGS with character, poise, and BUCKETLOADS of charm?

Do you want to show your kids these kind of old buildings in SYDNEY?

Want to see a MODERN DAY MOVIE in one of them? 


Head to the Cremorne Orpheum, or the “Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne” as it is officially known.

Take a look below for details of session times, and what you’ll find there.

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photo The Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace cinema

Art Deco Cinema Adventures at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace

The Best Retro Cinema in Sydney is Hayden Orpheum Cremorne Picture Palace.

If you are planning a day out to the movies in Sydney, visit this one for a special adventure.

photo The Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace Box Office

Cremorne Orpheum Sessions Times – Cinema Now Showing

Want to know what’s currently showing at the Orpheum movies? 

See below for details.

There are also special Hayden Orpheum events.

Keep an eye out for special opportunities to spend time in this spectacular building. 

photo The Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace - Candy Bar

Hayden Orpheum Cinema Candy Bar

The kids will LOVE the old-school Candy Bar at the Orpheum Theatre in Sydney with:

  • buttery popcorn
  • their world famous Choc Tops, AND


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photo The Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace front entrance

History of the Hayden Orpheum Cremorne 

The Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace at Cremorne opened on October 3, 1935 as a grand movie theatre that could screen films AND broadcast live musicals for OVER 1700 PEOPLE IN ONE GO.

The Australian Ballet even performed there.

photo The Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace - the Lounge

The Orpheum Cremorne Theatre Layout

Back then, behind the scenes, there was:

  • an orchestra pit
  • dressing rooms and
  • a clever piece of machinery that could make actors magically ‘fly’ through the air.

But that wasn’t enough to keep the magic alive.

photo The Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace

Restoration of The Hayden Orpheum North Sydney Cinema 

For many years, the Orpheum as it was known then, was left to rot and ruin.

Until in 1986, Mike Walsh (YES, that Mike Walsh of the Mike Walsh Show), stepped in to save the day.

His goal?

To revive this retro art deco picture theatre and bring it back to its’ glory days.

That answers  the question of WHO owns Cremorne Orpheum? 

photo The Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace foyer

Art Deco restoration

Mike, along with noted Theatre Historian and designer, John Love, set about rejuvenating the old girl, paying homage to the original Art Deco style.

Culminating in the placement of a Mighty Wurlitzer organ from the Fresno Theatre in California.

photo The Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace art deco style

New lease of life!

The new Hayden Orpheum Cinema in Cremorne opened on December 9, 1987, with a bunch of new cinemas CARVED INTO THE SANDSTONE upon which the original theatre was built!

The Hayden Orpheum now has six screens with state-of-the-art digital projection and surround sound.

Two of the cinemas also have ‘stage lighting’ so the original purpose of the theatre can continue with live concerts and variety shows a regular feature.

Each old movie cinema has its’ own retro look and vintage feel.

photo The Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace Lounge Interior

Hayden Cremorne Cinema – the Six Cinemas

Cinema Four – The Orpheum

The Hayden Orpheum Cremorne Cinema has six cinemas – the largest of which is Cinema Four, the auditorium called The Orpheum seating 700.

This is THE ONE to visit if you can.

The dress circle of the original theatre, it is now restored to its former glory and protected by the National Trust, and before each film, a red velvet curtain rises.

History comes alive in this cinema.

Cinema One – The Rex

Cinema One is the Rex, named after Mike Walsh’s home town theatre, The Rex in Corowa, near Albury in NSW, and has dazzling star light fittings along the walls.

Visiting the Rex as a child planted the seed in Mike to one day own a picture theatre.

Dreams do come true.

The Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace exit doors

Cinema Two – The Arcadia

Cinema Two is the Arcadia, named in memory of the long lost Arcadia Theatre in Chatswood.

This cinema was designed in the colours of the Sydney Olympics, emerald green and gold.

Look out for the relief sculpture of runner Matt Shirvington there too.

Cinema Three – The Lounge

Cinema Three is the Lounge, and is located inside the former ballroom of the old theatre.

The art-deco styling on the ceiling is a copy of the world-renowned Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California

photo The Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace The Walsh

Cinema Five – The Walsh

No expense has been spared in Cinema Five, named in honour of Mike Walsh who financially supported the complete renovation of the Orpheum.

There’s TWO curtain calls – red velvet, followed by an elegant silver rouched curtain for extra sparkle.

But it’s the colour-changing neon lights that you don’t want to miss!

Cinema Six – The Hayden

Last but not least, Cinema Six, The Hayden was originally an intimate cabaret room. 

The major visual feature of this cinema is the beautiful lead-light designed Lady, back-lit with coloured neon.

photo The Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace plush seating

Cinema Special Events at the Hayden Orpheum Cremorne

The Hayden Orpheum is also known as the home of special cinema events.

They host:

  • film festivals
  • one-of-a-kind documentaries and nature films
  • films to celebrate special days (such as International Women’s Day)
  • classic retro cinema screenings from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s (Pretty in Pink for example!)
  • mums/dads/bubs sessions, and
  • Big Band concerts and musical showcases.

Plus, there’s monthly DISNEY SINGALONGS!

(Not just for kids!)

Frozen is in its’ fourth year of monthly singalongs at the Orpheum Sydney.

Moana is not far behind.

photo The Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace history

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace

Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in AUD dollars, unless otherwise stated

Address: Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace is located at 380 Military Road, Cremorne New South Wales 2090
Cremorne Orpheum Cinema Phone Number: Call 02 9908-4344 for session times or visit the Hayden Orpheum Cinema website.

Discount Orpheum Tickets

  • Join the Orpheum Cinema Email Club for event news and discount tickets
  • Buy CinemaSavers tickets in books of 5 or 10 here and save up to $7 per ticket
  • You can also try Scoopon Sydney for discount Orpheum tickets (but check the validity before you purchase as school holidays are not included)
  • Student pricing at the Orpheum Movie Theater is $6 for any 2D movie after 6pm on Mondays (excludes holidays and public holidays)

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How to get to Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace

Arriving via Public Transport

By Bus from the CBD:

  • Catch a bus or train to Wynyard station and make your way to Stand A.
  • Catch any bus to the Orpheum by requesting a stop at Cremorne Junction.
  • Ask the bus driver, or look for the McDonalds restaurant on your left. Exit at the next stop. 

By Ferry: 

  • Catch the ferry to Cremorne Point, and catch the 225 up to the intersection of Military Road and Spofforth Street.

By train & bus from the Western Suburbs:

  • Make your way Chatswood or St Leonards Train Stations
  • From there, catch the 144 or the 143 to Cremorne Junction.
  • During peak hours, the 140 also runs from Epping to Manly, stopping at Cremorne Junction along the way.

By Bus from the Northern Beaches:

  • Almost any bus to the CITY will take you to Cremorne Junction, (noteable exceptions being the L90 and L88).
  • Ask the bus driver if in doubt.

By Bus from Manly:  You can also take the 144 / 143 from Manly.

By Car: 

  • From Sydney CBD, follow the signs to Mosman to Military Road.
  • From other directions, Spit Road and Pacific Hwy will lead you to Military Road
  • Click here for google map directions

photo The Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace car parking

Orpheum Cremorne Parking

  • Directly behind the Orpheum cinema is a public car park on Parraween Street with three hours FREE parking.

Orpheum Cremorne Cinema Map 

Facilities: Orpheum Movies

  • ATM on site
  • Toilets available
  • EFTPOS / Credit Card facilities available 

Toadstool Rating: Orpheum Theatre Cremorne

A fun blast from the past! 

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