Please help find these El Gronda statues – for history’s sake

ABOVE: Two rather grand bronze cast statues marked the entrance to El Gronda arcade. Photos: Casino Historical Society

Susanna Freymark

Every few years since I’ve been reporting on news in the area, I get a call about the two statutes that stood at the El Gronda Arcade in Casino.

Do I know where they are? – I’m asked. I wish I did.

The bronze cast statues marked the entrance to the El Gronda Theatre, built in 1937.

The theatre was demolished and the cinema paradise was paved and replaced by a parking lot in 1972. (you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone).

In my last search, I was told the statues were in Sydney in the suburbs of Roseville or Roseberry.

Someone else said they were buried in a backyard in Casino. I went to said backyard and the man at the house wasn’t impressed and definitely said they weren’t in his backyard.

So where are they? Do they still exist?

I like to think so.

Imagine if one or both were found. And a statue was returned  to Casino. Wouldn’t that be something?

So, I’m looking again.

History buffs, sleuths – anyone who knows anything, please contact me at indynr.com@gmail.com

And do share this story. We never know who might read it and know something.

Inside the El Gronda Theatre complex. Looks like fun/.
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