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NEW PICTURE THEATRE.
OPENED AT PARRAMATTA.
A packed audience and an interested crowd of several thousands in the street opposite the brilliantly-Illuminated entrance, suggested that the opening of the Roxy Theatre, at Par
ramatta, last night, was an event of consid- erable social importance The formal cere- mony of dedication was performed by the Mayor (Alderman Collett), who was supported by Mr Rowe, M P, and Brigadier-General Lloyd, M L A, In his congratulations to the directors of the theatre, which, they said, was a symbol of local progress Later in the even- ing, greetings to the people of Parramatta were "voiced" from the screen by several Para- mount film stars, including O P Hcggie, Nancy Carroll, Richard Arlen, Clive Brook, and Harry Green
A fine programme, with Maurice Chevalier In "The Innocents of Paris," as the principal attraction, was cordially received, the sound properties of the auditorium proving to be
Stiucturally the theatre differs In many respects from others to which the public In Sydney has become accustomed It is in ex- cellent taste from the decorative point of view, it faces a laige patio adorned with palms and ferns, and flanked by arcndes, and it is entirely Spanish In design The main entrance is surmounted by an Impressive . rch and an ornate tower, and leads to an eltborate foyer which Is made doubly attractive by artistic lighting effects, chiefly In soft tones In the auditorium Itself, care has been taken to impart ai. atmosphere of comfort, com- bined with luxury-a combination rarely at- tained by architects A domr\ from which rich lights are projected, gives distinction lo the boldly-treated celling, and reveals the real beauty of the proscenium
The theatre is furnished with carpets and lounge seating throughout, and there is a parking area available for patrons with motor cars Not the least of its features are a Bri- tish Christie organ, which Mr Eddy Horton has been engaged to play, and a modern heating and cooling system, to defeat the vagaries of the weather