A slice of old school Hollywood style has sprung up in Surry Hills


Descending from Commonwealth Street into the dimly lit foyer feels a little like stepping back in time. It will take a moment for your eyes to adjust to the golden glow of the place. The man sipping his martini at the bar could easily be Bond, James Bond. Or he could just as easily be a guy waiting for a Tinder date. With its intimate speakeasy vibe, the Golden Age Cinema and Bar strikes the perfect balance between classy and casual.

The Hollywood glamour is evident in everything from the décor to the drinks menu. Arrive with plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere over a cheeky cheese platter, though remember to leave some room for movie snacks. Be warned: the Messina Choc Top and cinnamon donut flavoured “Cocktail Popcorn” are ultimate game changers.


The Golden Age is far from your average cinema experience. Set in the heritage-listed Paramount Pictures building, the restored screening room is rich in charm. From the delicately wrapped chocolates to the scented candles and plush seats – this is how you do cinema in style.

If you’re after Blockbusters, head to Hoyts. This hidden gem is all about the cult classics, screening everything from Edward Scissorhands to Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The autumn program is scattered with a range of themed nights and guest presenters.


On this occasion, stylist Megan Morton and editor of Belle Magazine, Tanya Buchanan, present The Hours. The two give a beautiful introduction to the film based on a section of Megan’s book Things I Love, titled ‘movies to watch with the volume mute’. If you can manage to tear your eyes away from Nicole Kidman’s nose prosthesis, the set design is undeniably stunning.

After a film like The Hours, you may need to debrief over a wine or several. You don’t need a ticket to visit the bar, which is open every Tuesday to Sunday till late. Nestled in a cosy booth, this is the kind of place where you can lose hours in an instant. When it is time to go, you can bet you’ll be reluctant to climb the stairs back to the real world and leave the glow of the Golden Age behind.


By Elisa Parry


Tickets for the Golden Age Cinema and Bar are available online or at the Box Office. Prices start from $20 for adults and $15 for concessions holders, FBi subscribers and Sydney Theatre Company members.


Golden Age Cinema


t: 02 9211 1556


a: Lower Ground Floor, Paramount House, 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010