Paramount House, Golden Age Cinema & Bar Photo © Douglas Lance Gibson

The Making of Paramount House 2018

Focus Tour - Saturday 3 November

Surry Hills




Herbert, Wilson and Pyner

Additional architects

2013 Fox Johnston, restoration

2013 Bob Barton, Golden Age Cinema & Bar

2013 Mark Dundon, Russell Beard & Ficus Construction, Paramount Coffee Project

2015 Woods Bagot, Paramount by The Office Space

2018 Bob Barton, Paramount Recreation Club

2018 Breathe Architecture, Paramount House Hotel

2018 Anthony Gill Architects, Poly

Originally built in 1940, today’s Paramount House combines a restoration of the former Paramount Pictures building in Surry Hills with a contemporary take on cultural and work spaces. Today it is home to Paramount Coffee Project, Paramount House Hotel, Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Paramount Recreation Club, Poly and a number of office suites, providing the neighbourhood, and the city, with a different kind of space in which to work and play.

Created by a cast of architects, designers and businesses – who all fell in love with the building – Paramount House is not one story but many. Its initial refurbishment was completed in 2013 by architects Fox Johnston, who reworked and opened up the interior spaces for multiple new uses, notably converting its central courtyard into a voluminous glass-roofed atrium that fills the entry with natural light. Since then, Paramount House has been evolving with a mix of tenants and new architectural voices, all interpreting the building’s history in their own ways.

Tour experience

For Sydney Open Barrie Barton (CEO of Right Angle Studio, Golden Age Cinema & Bar and Paramount Recreation Club) will lead a tour of the building. As both tenant and place-making/retail consultant to the building owner, Barrie has played a key role in the regeneration of Paramount House. His tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to make Paramount House happen, focusing on not just its architecture, but also what it takes to make a great place.


Barrie Barton is CEO of Right Angle Studio. Since 2005, he has overseen the company’s strategy and insights, establishing it as one of the most influential agents of urban change in Australia and, increasingly, across the world, with Right Angle Studio now also working in London and Johannesburg. Qualified as a lawyer but motivated by creating cities that improve the lives of their inhabitants, Barrie brings a humanistic understanding and casual style to property development.

Key information

Session duration

45 mins


This tour has a capacity of 10 people per session.

Visitor requirements

Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour start time. Punctuality is important as once the tour has begun it cannot be joined. Lifts provide access to most areas but there may also be some stairs. Participants must be 18 years or older or accompanied by a guardian. Storage is limited; please bring only essential items with you.

to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available

  • Pram friendly
    Lifts provide access to most areas but there may also be some stairs.

  • Accessible
    Lifts provide access to most areas but there may also be some stairs.