Chauvel Cinema

Alternative, arthouse and cult flicks in the former Paddington Town Hall ballroom.
Dominic Gruenewald
Published on January 22, 2016


The Chauvel Cinema has been a mainstay of the Sydney's independent cinema scene for more than 40 years — all from the former Paddington Town Hall ballroom. The cinema retains its original art deco-style interior, complete with red plush velvet seating and high arched ceilings. Yes, you'll feel like you're soaking in cinema history.

While most movies in most cinemas are projected digitally these days, the Chauvel hosts special sessions using both 35mm and 70mm projection. Take note, those looking to embrace their inner film geek — or anyone keen to spot the difference.

The Chauvel has long been famed as one of Sydney's great cinemas, showcasing independent, world and cult cinema in a decadent and luxurious setting reminiscent of the great cinema-going days of old.


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