Hoyts Regent Fitzroy

84 Johnston Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3121

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A Fine Auditorium.

Fitzroy’s Regent Theatre was amongst the largest of Melbourne’s suburban cinemas and was opened on 30th March 1931 and was operated by Hoyts Theatres for most of its life. It featured a long foyer off Johnston Street, Fitzroy. The foyer possesed a barrel-vaulted ceiling painted and decorated in Gothic Revival style. The theatre’s auditorium featured crystal chandeliers, an orchestra pit also stage and flytower for visiting singers and actors. The main house curtain was made of contured silk.

The Hoyts Regent Fitzroy was an early casuality of television closing in September, 1960. The cinema was altered for a television studio for HSV 7. It was used as a legit theatre in 1975 for “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

Although it was relatively intact, it was derelict for years and demolished in 1983.

Contributed by Ian Hanson

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ian williams
ian williams on February 27, 2012 at 3:08 am

When Chanel 7 gave up their use aas a tele theatre, there was a proposal for use as a legit theatre by the small Last Laugh theatre nearby. The local coincil insisted on x number of parking spaces which the owners could not provide and the theatre was demolished.

Granola on July 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm


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