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In Parramatta NSW on “Development Application -...” at 69 George Street Parramatta NSW 2150:

Peter Lysaght commented

RESTORATION AND REFURBISHMENT OF THE ROXY HOTEL.

Pardon my lack of understanding of the history of this significant building but I have only ever known it as the Roxy Theatre, a picture house of great historic significance and certainly the finest and very possibly the only remaining example of a ‘ Spanish Mission’ style picture house in Australia.

Any restoration and refurbishment should return the building to its original use as a theatre seating almost 2000 patrons. Parramatta could certainly make good use of such a venue with alterations and additions being carried out to include adequate backstage facilities for live productions if not considered suitable for the modern movies.

I have lived in North Parramatta for most of my life and have seen many changes, certainly many for the better, however, destruction of historically significant buildings by developers does not leave me but wondering why City of Parramatta Council would be in a rush to allow inappropriate redevelopment except for the money-grab such an approval would provide..

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