Kings Cinema


The Kings Cinema is an art deco cinema in the style of the 1930s. The famous Kings cinema chain built many art deco cinemas in Sydney’s suburbs in the 1930s and sadly, this exhibition is only possible because so many of these old buildings have been demolished. The foyer of the Kings Cinema includes interior fittings from the Queen Victoria Building. Inside, the seats are from the Manly Odeon, built in 1932 and demolished in 1985.

In the theatre you can watch Australian newsreels and films from the 1920s and 1930s and hear the magical sounds of our Fotoplayer, a mechanical musicmaker used to provide the accompaniment for silent films. A range of other films also screen in relation to current exhibitions and programs.




Of Kings and Paintings (now screening)

The documentary, Of Kings and Paintings, is a history of the extraordinary art of Iran from 1785 to 1925. The film explores the work of Iran’s most significant artists of this remarkable era that straddled the transition between tradition and modernity. While offering an overview of the Qajar era’s painters and paintings and its influence on Iranian artists and photographers today, the film weaves together art history and Persian history. 

(58 min)











*Please note that the schedule is subject to change

The Kings Cinema will be temporarily closed on Thursday 20 May 2021, 10am – 1pm.


Temporarily closed until 31 July 2021 

In line with the NSW Government’s public health order, the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre will temporarily close to the public until 10am Saturday 31 July 2021. 

Thank you for your understanding at this time as we continue to put in place measures to protect the health of our visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

If you have purchased tickets for current exhibitions or upcoming programs during this period, our team will be in contact with you shortly to arrange a refund or reschedule your visit. If you would like to contact us please email: 

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