Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Grand, Sun Theatre, Yarraville

The Grand, Sun Theatre, YarravilleWhen I was exploring the Sun Theatre this morning I spent most time taking photos in The Grand.

As with most of the other cinemas in the Sun Theatre complex, The Grand is named after a former local cinema and it lives up to its name.

The Grand, Sun Theatre, YarravilleOccupying the original stalls area of The Sun, this cinema has the most original art deco features. The picture above shows the amazing decorations of the walls near what is now the front of the auditorium.

The orientation of the seating has been switched in the Sun’s new configuration as a multi-plex. The original proscenium arch is now at the back surrounding the projection box. Even in the rather dark picture above you can see the complexity of the art deco details.

The Grand, Sun Theatre, YarravilleThis picture shows it off a bit better including the metal ring ‘fence’ which separates the seating from the walls. It is a grand space in many ways.

I saw 21 in this cinema last week and almost tripped over my own feet looking back at the decoration rather than concentrating on where I was going. I think that is an acceptable risk for such a beautiful building.