GOLDEN AGE CINEMA AND BAR, SYDNEY
Thanks to the regeneration of the iconic art deco Paramount House, Sydney’s well-heeled Surry Hills has a hip new hangout. Barrie Barton, strategy and insights director of Right Angle Studio, has spent the past three years turning the former offices of Paramount Pictures into a basement cinema and bar. “Film is a beautiful art form often presented in dreadful environments,” Barton says. “We wanted to create a cinema equal to the beauty of film.” The 60-seat space is an update of Paramount’s original screening room (used during World War II to play newsreels). And its intimate atmosphere and adjacent bar have already struck a chord among locals, who can enjoy a maple pecan old-fashioned in the glow of the Robert Haussmann-designed lights.