Enfield Savoy Cinema

The former Enfield Savoy Cinema is located on Liverpool Road Enfield.

 

The Enfield Cinema was first opened in 1927. By 1932, Western Suburbs Cinemas Ltd gained control. In 1938, the cinema was substantially redesigned and the façade and interior rebuilt in Art Deco style under guidance of architect G N Kentworthy [who also designed Cremorne Orpheum]. Added to the alterations was the installation of a Christie organ, which was fitted with glass ornamentation and concealed lighting. The cinema was renamed the Savoy and reopened by the Mayor of Enfield in July 1938. Western Suburbs Cinemas Ltd came under control of Hoyts in 1944. By the late 1950’s, with declining audiences the theatre had restricted screenings. The last movie shown at the Savoy was ‘Some Like It Hot’ in 1960. Since 1960, the cinema has been used as a carpet and furniture warehouse.

The Enfield Savoy is still standing and is located in Burwood Municipality, though it does not appear to be heritage listed by the Council.

1 comment on “Enfield Savoy Cinema

  1. Michael Martin

    My father-in-law, Len Hyde, was an apprenticed projectionist at tne Savoy Enfield, starting in 1936 at the age of 14, along with his close friend Joe Croll. One shot of the projection room shows them as the two younger men to the left side.

    He says he started work at 11 am and didn’t get home till he had rewound all the film used that day, so with shows often ending around 10.45, he would be home around 11.30.

    They also did live shows and he often had to use the spotlight to highlight the stars.

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