Regent Theatre

17 The Octagon,
Dunedin

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Regent Theatre

The 2,000 seat Regent Theatre was opened on 1st June 1928 with Dorothy Gish in “Madame Pompadour” and Chester Conklin in “Two Flaming Youths”. It was based on a design similar to architect Robert Atkinson’s Regent Theatre, Brighton, England(1921). It was once part of J.C. Williamson, an Australian and NZ cinema chain. In the early-1950’s it was listed as part of the Kerridge-Odeon chain. The Regent Theatre was closed as a cinema on 15th April 1974.

In near-perfect original condition and with contant maintenance, the Regent Theatre has kept its original grandeur. Now converted to live theatre with a new fly tower and dressing rooms installed in 1980, a portable screen and state of art projection equipment is still used for film festivals and premieres. The Regent Theatre was designated a Category 1 Historic Building in 1987.

Contributed by Alistair Stewart, Ellen Puller

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deleted user
[Deleted] on May 2, 2005 at 1:22 am

This theatre is also used by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 2, 2005 at 2:46 pm

Here is a photo I took of the Regent in July of 1996 on a rainy day in lovely Dunedin.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 17, 2006 at 6:37 pm

Auditorium view as the credits roll:
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