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Yes it is a sad loss to Adelaide. But stand alone cinemas find it very difficult to survive these days. I do feel however that the post 1967 reduced Regent might have been kept as a Central City concert hall, with occasional movie screenings for example, film festivals. This would have required a government supported lease. I agree that Adelaide has a poor track record of holding on to it’s heritage. The example of the vandalism in the destruction of the wonderful Adelaide University Union Hall comes to mind.
Remembner it well. Dad worked for Hoyts theatres. As ‘the opposition’s’ theatre, we only attended when a movie we particularly wanted to see was showing there.
My late Dad was the projectionist in the 1950s and 1960s. I went to the primary school opposite as a small child and often would join my Dad after school, as he oprepared for the evenimng screeings in this Adelaide suburban cinema. The Ozone, later the Chelsea (1971 to 2011) and currently the Regal.