Roxy Theatre Parramatta

With its almost 90 year history as a Parramatta icon, The Roxy Theatre will become the centrepiece of the Civic Link, Council’s proposed connection between the Parramatta Square Civic Centre and the River Precinct.

The Roxy has had many lives, as a grand cinema in the 1930’s, to a multiplex in the 1970’s and most recently as a restaurant, nightclub and entertainment venue in the 2000’s. It now sits vacant, awaiting a new purpose.

This recently submitted proposal for a concept DA prepared by Urbis and RAAarchitects has capitalised on the need to reinvigorate and reinvent the Roxy building. Its location at the centre of the commercial core of the city was the trigger to investigate the potential to utilise its iconic status and develop a mixed use tower at the rear of the site that would ensure the ongoing economic viability of the Roxy as a social and cultural hub.

The 33 storey tower is a five level entertainment, performance and function centre in the podium, anchored by the restored Roxy auditorium, with a 29 level commercial office building above.

This is a Concept DA proposal which looks at the critical elements of the site and its surroundings and proposes a simple reference design that demonstrates how a tower can respect and further improve the functional and social aspects of the Roxy as a vital part of the City of Parramatta.

 

Roxy Theatre Civic Link

Roxy Theatre in its potential future context including the proposed pedestrianised Civic Link.

 

Roxy Theatre Auditorium Section

Section through the concept design for an entertainment complex and office tower at the Roxy Theatre in Parrramatta City Centre. The original cinema auditorium is retained and restored as the centrepiece of the proposal.

 

Ground Floor Plan and Civic Link

Plan showing the activation of the pedestrianised Civic Link with cafes and shops. The heritage forecourt and lobby are retained.

(Visualisations by Berga and Gonzales)

 



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