Victoria Theatre

8-10 Perkins Street,
Newcastle, NSW 2300

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turnbullp
turnbullp on November 8, 2017 at 8:38 pm

I worked at this wonderful theatre as an assistant Projectionist for 7 years (1957 – 1964) I had the pleasure of running countless movies as well as working the Bo Spotlight for the various stage shows, such as the Tommy Steel Show, Grab me a Gondola(September 1959)and Many Happy Returns, which featured such artists as Gladys Moncrieff,Queenie Paul,George Wallace,Jim Gerald & Jenny Howard as well as Pardon My French. The projection box was situated where you see the window at the top of the middle arch looking at the front of the building.

goalieturtle
goalieturtle on September 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm

The Victoria Theatre has been purchased by the same company that owns the Enmore and other theatres. It is to be redeveloped. http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3502346/new-buyer-plans-victoria-theatres-encore/ http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3862031/reviving-the-victoria-theatre/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 29, 2009 at 9:15 am

A photograph of the Victoria Theatre in 2008:
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lauderfrost
lauderfrost on April 13, 2006 at 12:02 pm

I am inclined to say that the seating capacity as shown on the header must be wrong. The Victoria was a very large theatre, larger than the Regent Theatre at Islington, which had a capacity of 1600.

I also failed to say that if one looks up towards the top of the facade, the full date of construction is given – in stone.

lauderfrost
lauderfrost on April 13, 2006 at 11:53 am

My understanding is that the upper balcony only was removed, and some tinkering only with the huge dress circle/lounge. That does not constitute a rebuild of the whole building. It is the original 1890 structure. I went to check it out in January 1992 and it was all boarded up and sad.