1-3 Rose Street,
Upper Ferntree Gully,
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Located in Upper Ferntree Gully on the extreme eastern edge of Melbourne. The Loyalty Theatre was opened as a cinema in 1939. It had a modest Art Deco style design, and seating in the single floor auditorium for 409.
Last known as the Festival Theatre, it was closed as a cinema in around 1962, and stood empty and unused for around 10 years. The local repertory theatre group, The 1812 Theatre (so named as they were located in a building at the intersection of Route’s 18 and 12 in Lysterfield), took over the almost derelict building after their premises were burnt to the ground on 2nd June 1972.
The 1812 players perform popular plays with tickets sold by subscription. In recent years, an adjecent building which once housed a bakery, has been converted into an additional performance space.
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