nowadays called paramount house, this beautiful art déco building in surry hills was built in the 1940s to accommodate the australian head office of paramount pictures. after decades of neglect the building has been meticulously restored and redeveloped by property company citadin. most of the structure's Iconic features such as terracotta tiles and wood panels have been retained to maintain its integrity, while a new entry on commonwealth street has created an airy atrium. in a previous post we already referred to paramount house as a new home to niche retail, and that concept will be expanded in the future. another tenant is the newly opened golden age cinema + bar. founded by barrie barron of rooftop cinema in melbourne, it isn't surprising he initially had planned this venue high up on the roof. but barron had to change his plans after objections by local residents.
an intimate cinema seating 60 people is now situated in the former screening room in the basement, with a very stylish adjoining bar. while the décor of the cinema reflects the classic splendour of film in surry hills, the bar boasts a beautifully contrasting modern setting. the golden age cinema will screen a program of classic and contemporary films, curated by film buff extraordinaire kate jinx. and yes, there'll be matinees on saturdays and sundays. the golden age bar is designed for pre and post cinema drinks, but obviously is a venue in its own right. the menu lists traditional cocktails served in an untraditional way, some of the best new wines, a range local draft beer and rotating craft ales from around australia. as for bites, there'll be fine quality cured and surprising new approaches to old cinema snack faves. location: paramount house, 80 commonwealth street [surry hills].