With the rising costs of hiring cinemas in Sydney, many smaller film festivals and visual arts events are feeling the squeeze of the Sydney real estate market. Metro Screen is working actively with councils and industry to find solutions to this ongoing problem for smaller niche screenings. Here are 15 options to consider for your next gathering.
This relatively new space has a bunch of options including a small theatre style screening room. The space is run by one of the most dedicated, creative and friendly bunch of people in Sydney.
107 Redfern Street Redfern | Website
Sydney Underground Film Festival happened in September at The Factory Theatre run by Century Venues who also look after the beautiful grand old Enmore Theatre. The main cinema space holds 300, The Fusebox and The Boiler Room each hold 120 people making it perfect for film festivals who want to run multiple sessions at the same time.
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville | Website
This small shop front on busy Parramatta Road is an Artist Run Initiative and the permanent home of Sound Series and Kinema Film Society. Its perfect for DIY projects, the digitally inclined and groups on a small budget.
365 Parramatta Road Leichhardt | Facebook
If you thought the most famous beach in the world is out of your budget, think again. Thanks to the Waverly Council there are some really affordable options at The Bondi Pavilion.
Bondi Beach | Website
Right in the middle of the Surry Hills entertainment district, the Tap Gallery is a not-for-profit arts space that lends itself well to all sorts of screening projects, especially digital projections.
45 Burton Street Darlinghurst | Website
The Night Parrot
The Australian Museum has a relatively new wing named after an Australian native bird – The Night Parrot. It holds up to 80 people theatre style and previously hosted Kino Sydney screenings.
William Street Sydney | Website
The Vangaurd can hold up to 120 people in 1920’s style comfort with dinner and drink options, and a really great sound system.
42 King Street Newtown | Website
Inside the brutal 1970’s UTS tower there are a stack of theatre options to suit various screening and projection needs. The Bon Marche Studio has retractable seating for up to 100 people and has recently hosted independent arts and film festival screenings.
Broadway Sydney | Website
The Newtown Hotel
For very special screenings up to 40 people with a laid on banquet, The Newtown Hotel has you covered. Potentially perfect for media or cast & crew screenings to celebrate your masterpiece in style.
174 King Street Newtown | Website
The Local Taphouse
The rooftop terrace at The Local Taphouse plays hosts to the Silent Cinema gatherings.
122 Flinders Street Darlinghurst | Website
Wesley Mission Conference Centre
A slick venue with all the trimmings of a contemporary conference centre with seating for up to 875 punters.
220 Pitt Street Sydney | Website
The Gumbramorra Hall for Hire
Neslted in The Addison Road Community Centre this space can be configured to suit your screening event, with very reasonable rates subsidised by the council.
142 Addison Road Marrickville | Website
Affectionately known as ‘Paddo RSL’ this venue has an auditorium that can hold up to 300 people with a screen and projector ready to roll. Did we mention RSL beer prices??
220 – 232 Oxford Street Paddington | Website
Old Fitzroy Hotel
This is a bargain space that can host up to 100 people with all the conveniences of a pub at hand.
129 Dowling Street Woolloomooloo | Website
The Imperial Hotel
Famous for being the iconic venue from the movie Priscilla, this grand old dame has had a complete make-over on the major plastic surgery scale.
35 Erskineville Road Erskineville | Website