Perhaps the title gives it away, but last week I saw The Artist and was blown away. I haven't really been captivated by a film for many years, but The Artist caught me in its web and left my dangling on multiple strands of thought for many days after. Not only is the film simply beautiful to watch, the plot is inspiring, the characters heart-warming and the whole experience, amazing. I cannot recommend it enough.
To top it off, I was lucky enough to see it in the beautiful Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace.
The cinema is began life in 1935 as "Sydney’s only suburban city movie theatre" able to screen both film and live drama productions. Complete with dressing rooms and an orchestra pit, it even held host to the Australian ballet at one time!
Unfortunately, it fell into decay and, after being bought by property developers, was ripped apart to make room for a shopping arcade...
That was until 1986 when one man, Mike Walsh O.B.E.
decided to buy and restore the Orpheum to it's former glory!
Today, it is a completely unique cinema honouring Art Deco style, and in all honesty, my photos do not do it justice. Take a look below or even better, see it in person!
Thank you to the Orpheum website for all the information on its history.
In the lobby
The box office
Sorry about the blur, this photo was meant to be mostly about the charming chap to the right but unfortunately my camera deleted every other outfit photo from the night, so this is all I have to show! However, if you want some more pictures of the dress, have a look here and here! Just imagine it without the belt and with long black suede gloves instead! (Less 1980's more 1940's)
Inside the cinema
Yep, a red velvet curtain and...
We were even lucky enough to enjoy a little organ serenade pre-show!!!
What an amazing night!
Have you seen The Artist? Or are there any other movies you've seen lately that you adore?