Regal Theatre

Griffith Street,
Coolangatta, QLD 4225

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A typical late-30s Art Deco theatre with a circle, the Regal was located about a block away from the Capitol. Both theaters were demolished to make way for a 1980s shopping centre with multiplex cinemas.

Contributed by Ian Mciver

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PAULB
PAULB on January 3, 2004 at 6:33 am

I saw SUNBURN with Farrah Fawcett (I mean she was in it, not next to me) at the very stylish deco cinema in 1979. Business ws bad and the manager was cranky. However, as a 2 level late 30s deco design it was a winner. All hidden neon ceiling lighting and opaque glass prism lights; the decor in autumn colours. It should have been maintained and could well have lived on as a major showplace if only the mindset had been there. Sadly Coolangatta is not known for its elegance or appreciation of quality and the loss of this cinema proves it. Of course the concrete horror that has replaced it is boring and indistinct. PAUL BRENNAN .au

neenybabe
neenybabe on October 2, 2004 at 7:26 am

I lived in Coolangatta in the 70’s and the Capitol and the Regal Theatres were our locals. We owned a shop in Coolangatta too. I remember the Regal had hessen sling type chairs downstairs. It brings back wonderful memories. I was there from 1974 onwards.A great era!

Burrabull
Burrabull on December 18, 2007 at 11:32 pm

I have recently purchased many old tickets from this Theatre dating March 1956. What a shame to find out it was demolished. I guess my tickets are very collectable now?

darrenparlett
darrenparlett on August 26, 2013 at 8:41 am

On a family road trip, my sis and I.seen.a double feature of ESCAPE FROM DEVILS ISLAND plus KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS. It was on.a Sunday nite and the seating were slings like beach chairs.

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