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Pop Culture of the twentieth century included a favourite past-time of going to the cinema. The Inner West was the home to an array of cinemas beginning with early suburban houses. From the 1920s larger cinemas sprung up seating anywhere between 1000 -2000 people.

To celebrate the Inner Wests history of cinema, Inner West Council Library and History Services presents a photo exhibition ‘Popular Pastimes’ which showcases theatres and cinemas of the Inner West from the 1900s-1960s. The exhibition will run from Saturday 2nd September until Saturday September 30.

On Wednesday the 6th of September there will be a special talk by renowned historian Robert Parkinson which will discuss the exhibition and the history of cinema and theatre in Sydney’s Inner West.

When: Wednesday 6 September 2017, 6:00pm- 8:00pm
Where: Leichhardt Library exhibition space, Piazza Level, Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Cost: Free
Contact: or 02 9335 2167
Hosted by Inner West Council – Library and History Services

Image: National Pictures Balmain, Inner West Council- Library and History Services.

Please note, this event was originally registered as ‘A Popular Pastime,’ and appears as such in the full History Week program.