Winter Garden Theatre
189 Queen Street,
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Architects: Cedric Heise Ballantyne
Firms: Ballantyne & Hare
Located adjacent to His Majesty’s Theatre. The Winter Garden Theatre was opened on 1st August 1924 with Rin Tin Tin in “Where the North Begins”. It was designed by Melbourne based architectural firm Ballantyne & Hare in association with Hall & Prentice of Brisbane. Seating was provided for 1,500 in the stalls and 1,000 in the circle. The proscenium was 45ft wide. equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 Manual 7 Ranks organ which was opened by American organist Byron Hopper. The organ was removed in 1937 and installed in the Plaza Theatre, Sydney.
The Winter Garden Theatre was closed in December 1973 and the foyer was converted into retail use, and later a bank. The auditorium was demolished in 1981, and later the remainder of the building was demolished to build the Winter Garden Centre on the site.
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