Regal Theatre

39 Scott Street,
Sydney, NSW 2170

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Regal Theatre

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Liverpool is 20 miles south west of Sydney and is one of the oldest urban settlements, founded in 1810 as primarily an agricultural centre. Following World War II the city’s economy changed to manufacturing with an accompanying boom in housing.

The earliest film entertainment was Ernie Nunn’s Liverpool Picture Palace, built in 1911. After a dozen years Ernie sold to a local builder, Harry Mainsbridge who redeveloped the site with a new theatre, the Butterfly Theatre, opening in 1925. The Mainsbridge family operated the Butterfly Theatre until 1937 when Horrie Nagel leased the property and renamed it the Regal Theatre.

In 1957, when TV was hitting the theatre business Peter and Lubo Medich bought the Regal Theatre which their son Roy managed until the mid-1970’s – a very successful run for a large independent house.

The new owner switched it to an amusement arcade and later it became a health and fitness centre.

The building survived in shabby condition as an office rental place until the early-2010’s when it was demolished and replaced by an expansion of the glass fronted office complex next door.

Contributed by john gleeson
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