Mansfield Cinema

117 High Street,
Mansfield, VIC 3722

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 28, 2005 at 8:49 am

Listed in the Film Weekly Motion Picture Directory (Australia) 1951-52 edition as the Star Theatre with a seating capacity given as 420.

KevinAdams on June 30, 2004 at 2:27 am

This single level country-town cinema was originally called “The Regent”. The brick and cement rendered facade, is backed by an auditorium of wood and fibro construction. It has a reasonable stage area, backed by a “supper-room” which is now used as a 2nd hand shop by the current owners. There is a slight slope to the auditorium floor, with the rear section “stepped up” to form a “lounge” area. The lounge was reseated about 7 years ago with black vinyl seats taken out of the “greater Union cinemas” (former CIVIC Theatre)in Canberra.
The facade of the building was recently (some say unsymaptheticaly) repainted in garrish purple and green colours.

When it opened as The Regent, it traded in opposition to the towns earlier film venue “The Returned Serviceman’s Pictures” which was located in an adjacent street. The RSL Pictures building still survives but is now used as a lodge hall. Its bio box has been removed, but the projection ports, auditorium ceiling, procenium and small entrance foyer are still there. The lodge have built a smaller meeting room as a “shell” inside the old auditorium.

The local high-school has a new multi-purpose stadium seated theatrebuilt within its grounds, and live shows are mostly presented there now. It is to be hoped that movies are kept in their rightful home – the Mansfield Cinema, because it is important that this last vestage of a REAL country picture-show survives.

-Kevin Adams