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New lease of life for historic Sydney venues

Posted: 16 November 2017

An opportunity to lease and operate two of Sydney’s most iconic entertainment venues has arisen, with expressions of interest to be sought for the future management of Moore Park’s Royal Hall of Industries and Hordern Pavilion.

“The Hordern”, as it is known by many Sydneysiders, has been an architecturally and socially significant Sydney landmark since it opened in 1924.

Formerly the Royal Easter Show’s Showbag Pavilion, the Royal Hall of Industries is majestic, grand and rich in history.

In 1997, the Sydney’s Royal Easter Show moved to Homebush Bay, and the Hordern Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries became independent venues. They were renovated and refurbished in 1999.

The Hordern has operated as a concert venue since the early 1970s. The Royal Hall of Industries - currently an exhibition space - has an immensely diverse history, with previous incarnations including an ice skating rink, a dance hall and a morgue.

Executive Director of Centennial Parklands Kim Ellis said the venues are sentimental favourites.

“So many Sydneysiders had their first live music experience at the Hordern,” Mr Ellis said.

“The Royal Hall of Industries is proudly reminiscent of its past glory - boasting a striking vaulted ceiling and magnificent cathedral windows.”

Planning instruments and the Moore Park Master Plan will inform the assessment of tenders for the venues. Preservation of public access, and the continuation of this area as a vibrant entertainment precinct, are high on the list of priorities for the future direction.

The expressions of interest process will formally be released on Thursday 16 November.

To find out more visit the Business Opportunities page here.