456 Dean Street,
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Regent Cinemas, Albury (Official)
Previously operated by: Hoyts Theatres, Village Theatres
Architects: Louis Harrison
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Regent Theatre, Village Twin
Regent Theatre was opened on 14th January 1927 with Marion Davies in “Beverley of Granstark”. Seating was provided for 1,374 in stalls and circle levels. It was equipped with a large fully working stage and two dressing rooms. It was surrounded on two sides by eight retail shop units. Not specifically designed for Hoyts Theatres Ltd., it was soon leased to them. It is listed in 1951 as being operated by Hoyts Theatres Ltd. with a seating capacity of 1,164.
Operated by the Village Roadshow chain in the 1970’s, the Regent Theatre remained a single screen cinema into the early-1980’s, and was then twinned and re-named Village Twin. In 1995, eight additional screens were added on the right-hand side of the building. The main No 1 original screen remains unouched, and is Listed as part of the Heritage Trust of Australia.
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Here is a photo circa 1940s:
Some photographs I took of the Regent Cinemas in March 2010:
I wish to make a slight change on the above information. The Regent Theatre was only ever leased to Hoyts Theatres Ltd until 1932.It was owned by Albury Amusments Pty. Ltd. Until recent decades it was operated as an independent cinema. Now operated by Village Theatres.Seating was originally 1,374.
Hoyts built a new modern cinema in 1937(circa) in Olive Street which seated 1,168 patrons. Long closed and demolished.
Wow, what a fabalous looking building!!