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.
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change
The Kings Cinema will be temporarily closed on Thursday 20 May 2021, 10am – 1pm.
Now open, free of charge
- To visit the museum, simply arrive at the main entrance between 10am – 4.30pm and scan our QR to register for FREE entry
- Visitors wishing to pre-book their visit can do so here:
- Some exhibitions are not open. Find out which exhibitions you can see on your visit.
- To help plan your visit, please find information here about the measures we’ve put in place to keep everyone safe. Visitors are required to provide their name and contact details on arrival to support contact tracing in line with NSW Health rules and our COVID-Safe plan.
- If you wish to bring a group, or have any accessibility questions about your visit, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9217 0222.
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