REMEMBERING THE MECCA

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So sad to see The once mighty Kogarah Mecca in this state. Please come along on Wednesday night and help bid farewell to a local icon.
Opened 1920 as the Victory Theatre. Demolished February 2013. R.I.P.

For further details on the theatre, click here.

For a blog with beautiful images of what still lies within the walls of the Mecca, click here.

The final curtain...

The final curtain…

Last glimpses of an icon.

Last glimpses of an icon.

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The sign says it all. They will pass the blame to NSW Planning but they did tick the DA approval box. It’s a combined failure.

Another day, another icon lost... Images Inheritance.

Another day, another icon lost… All images Inheritance.

72 years of history disappearing before our very eyes.

93 years of history disappearing before our very eyes.

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4 responses to “REMEMBERING THE MECCA”

  1. inheritanceorg says :

    Thanks to all who turned up to the farewell… It was a trip down memory lane, with great company, great stories, and a wonderful though sobering backdrop. For a few short moments we relived the glory days of theatre in Kogarah. Pictures to be posted soon.

  2. Andy T says :

    Soo sad to see the great Mecca go, i have alot of memories in there as a kid and an adult. I remember the first time i went in there with my mum and dad to go see Dirty Dancing. Throughout my childhood i would see Mrs Doubtfire, Forest Gump, Apollo 13, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Movie (The original one), Flubber, Lost In Space, The First two Harry Potter Movies and the 20th anniversary release of Grease with my cousin. The re release of Grease has a special place in my heart, mainly because my dad had one two tickets to go see the film at the mecca when it first came out in, or around, 1977-1978, with his sister. 20 years later my cousin (who is my dads sisters oldest son) and i would subconciously continue this tradition.

    Kogarah Mecca, i raise a glass to you, thank you for the memories, thank you for the fun, thank you for making us look forward to the long ques for the movies to which i am sure we ddn’t mind waiting. But most of all, thank you for showing us that you didn’t have to be a state of the art cinema with high back chairs, candy slurpee machines and video game consoles or 3d screens to have a good time, you just had to learn to appreciate the awesome family atmosphere free of idiots and enjoy a good quality movie.

    Faremwell Kogarah Mecca 1920-2013, 93 years of greatness, not to be forgotten.

    From Andy T,

    A lifelong fan 🙂

    • Shane W says :

      I had some great memories of that cinema over several years in the 90’s as a kid/teenager. Even when Greater Union at Westfield opened I went there a few times to check it out, but I found the Mecca to be more friendly and inviting, and they always kept their prices low when GU kept raising theirs while keeping the same soulless service. I still haven’t been back to GU, it’s revolting. Ever since the Mecca closed I started heading into the Dendy in Newtown, and occasionally the big city cinemas to enjoy CGI movies, but I still enjoy the small indie cinemas.

      I only noticed going past in the train to work this morning that it had been demolished, and hence found this website via google. That’s a big part of my childhood gone forever. So sad. It’s no wonder I head into the city for all my entertainment now. All the life and the people I used to know around Kogarah and Hurstville have vanished, replaced by pokies and blocks of units.

      • inheritanceorg says :

        Thanks Shane. I too choose the Dendy now for my movie fixes, but it is unfortunate to have to travel half an hour out of your area to find a cinema with a bit of atmosphere when Sydney’s suburbs used to be full of these gems. The Mecca was a one-off. A cinema like this won’t come again to our area, I guess we were just lucky to see how cinemas were supposed to be.
        The Hoyts and Greater Unions of the world came in and smashed everything small like the Mecca in the 80s and 90s, but at the same time destroyed the atmosphere of going to a movie, and in themselves have done more to spell the end of the cinema experience than anything else.
        Take a look at our “closing night” pics and buried treasures here at https://inheritanceorg.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/closing-night-for-the-kogarah-mecca/

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