Thornbury Theatre

853 High Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3071

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Thornbury Theatre

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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Ken Roe
Ken Roe 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:

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.

ThornburyTheatre on February 27, 2017 at 9:49 pm

The builders of the theatre, also ran and built the cinema further up the street at 909 High St. They were apparently plasterers and wanted to show their abilities.

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