Thornbury Theatre

853 High Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3071

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Thornbury Theatre

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Located in the Thornbury district of Melbourne, this opened as the New Thornbury Theatre on 1st August 1926. It was independently operated and this continued until 1931 when it was taken over by Hoyts. It was re-modeled (architect unknown at the moment) and became one of their sumptuous chain of Regent Theatres in 1932.

With the introduction of television to Australia in 1956, cinema attendences plummeted and the Regent Theatre went over to part-time operation, only opening on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings. It closed on 24th June 1967 and became a ballroom, named the Cantina Ballroom. In the early-2000’s it was converted into a reception hall for weddings and events, named the Midas Reception Hall. In 2010, new owners took over and now re-named Thornbury Theatre, it hosts wrestling matches, live music concerts as well as receptions.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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KenRoe
KenRoe on December 7, 2007 at 10:43 am

A September 2007 photograph of the upper portion of the facade of the former Regent Theatre, Thornbury:
http://flickr.com/photos/vanessaberry/1324310129/

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 7, 2007 at 11:30 am

I found this information: Established as the New Thornbury Theatre at 853 High Street in 1925, it ran until 1931. It was revamped and reopened as the Regent Theatre in 1932, finally closing its doors in 1970. Source.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 26, 2008 at 7:31 am

This is a recent photo of the Midas Reception Hall. The number on the building is 859.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm

This theater is now a live theater known as the Thornbury Theatre. Website

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Here is an article about this theater becoming a music venue.

atmos
atmos on March 31, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Doing some research on this theatre I discovered from the local newspaper,Northcote Leader,that this theatre opened as the Regent on 8 August 1925.It was operated by Associated Pictures and lists the designers as Millsom Brothers and the builders as S Millsom and Sons PTY LTD.I think Darebin Libraries are getting confused with another theatre which was located a block down the street which I think was called the Thornbury Theatre.

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