Sydney Architecture Images- Gone but not forgotten

The Trocadero Plaque 98 of the Green Plaques

architect

No info available.

location

515 George St. (current site of Hoyts Event Cinemas)

date

Built- 1936 Demolished- 1970

style

Inter-War Art Deco

construction

Rendered brick Stone

type

Theater
Summary 'The Troc' as it was popularly known was Australia's biggest and many say, best dancing and banqueting centre. In its heyday it attracted 5000 couples a week. to its public dances and could accommodate 2000 for banquets.
It was well known for the quality of its dance bands and as a dance restaurant (not just a 'dance hall'!) was one of the best establishments of its type.
1,500 Guests Jostle At Artists' Ball
Hundreds of people thronged the pavements outside the Trocadero last night to watch the guests, many of whom were well-known cartoonists, artists, actors, models, and radio personalities, arrive at the annual Artists' Ball. At 10 o'clock, an hour after the dance started, about 1,500 people jostled one another on the floor. Some dancers were in elegant evening clothes, some in street wear, but the majority wore the "fanciest" of fancy costumes that their ingenuity could devise. Murals designed by the president of the ball committee, Mr Stanley Cross, and executed by students of the Technical College decorated the walls. Guests also used ingenuity in decorating the tables, one of which sprouted a row of five-foot high palm trees, another effigies of scarecrows, and a third a table-length model of an illuminated ferry-boat. The ball was in aid of a Graphic Art Centre, where the work of creative and commercial artists can be co-ordinated.
The Sydney Morning Herald 5 November 1949.
Above- looking down George Street past the Regent Theatre towards the Troc' around 1960.
 
A flash-powder photograph of a large party of women in front of bandstand at a 2CH party at the Trocadero, 15 December 1937
The Trocadero

The Trocadero Dance Hall was glamour central in Sydney for 4 decades. It opened on 3 April 1936, and became THE place to go for dances, balls, gala events and pageants.



Over the years The Trocadero hosted royalty, Hollywood stars, local TV personalities and the cream of Sydney society. It was home to the Chinese community’s annual fundraiser, the Dragon Ball, where dozens of young Chinese debutantes were introduced to society.

By the 1960s "The Troc" as it was affectionately known, became the venue for rock and pop concerts, but finally the building was demolished in 1970 to make way for the cinema complex currently run by Event (formerly Hoyts).

 

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