A Grand Old Beauty – The Hayden Orpheum

At night, the Hayden Orpheum’s neon blue sign lights up the Cremorne stretch of Military Road.

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A cultural institution and a damn fine looking art deco cinema, the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace first opened its doors way back in 1935. While it underwent many a transformation over the decades that followed, in 1987, it was acquired by Oz TV personality and businessman Mike Walsh, who restored it to its former glory and re-opened it in December 9, 1987.

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The now six-screen cinema features the Rosemount Piano Bar upstairs, and the remarkable 1925 Wurlitzer Hope-Jones orchestral pipe organ, which has 13 ranks and 1000 pipes and instruments. It is played by longstanding resident organist Neil Jensen on select weekend screenings, movie luncheons and special events.

The hack? Cinema at its classic best. Plus there’s $5 tickets after 5pm for students on Mondays, discount Tuesdays with $13.50 tickets and monthly Wednesday movie luncheons (which includes Wurlitzer movie session,  lunch and a coffee for a bargain $13).

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 380 Military Road, Cremorne

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