Sydney Architecture Images- Gone but not forgotten

ACADEMY OF MUSIC / GAIETY THEATRE

architect

 

location

Castlereagh Street.

date

Built-  1875  Demolished-

style

Victorian Free Gothic

construction

Rendered brick Stone

type

Theater
Summary Originally a Catholic Guild Hall, the venue was renovated and concerted into the Academy of Music in 1879.
 
ACADEMY OF MUSIC / GAIETY THEATRE

Gaiety Theatre Sydney - 1882 [CofSA] (1875-ca.1895) Castlereagh Street.

Originally a Catholic Guild Hall, the venue was renovated and converted into the Academy of Music in 1879. After four years of limited commercial success, however, it reverted back to its original name and use. After undergoing further renovations in 1880 (seating was also expanded to 800), the venue opened as the Gaiety Theatre on Boxing Day. Dan Tracey operated a successful season at the Gaiety in the early 1890s (1892-93) but it was never an overly popular venue. It was soon afterwards abandoned as an entertainment venue.



Sources:

E. Irvin, Dictionary of Australian Theatre 1788-1914 (Sydney, Hale & Iremonger, 1985)
Ross Thorne, Theatre Buildings in Australia to 1905, 2 vols. (Sydney, Architectural Research Foundation, University of Sydney, 1971)

 

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