2004 Photo from the Ken Roe collection
191 Collins Street|
|Record #323 |
Current Use: Banquet Hall
Capacity: 1235 seats|
Architect(s): Cedric Ballantyne
Architectural Style(s): Spanish Colonial
Current Organ: 2/12 Wurlitzer
| Also Known As: Plaza Cinerama|
Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.
Originally intended to serve as the ballroom for the Regent Theatre located above it, the Plaza was fitted out as a cinema and opened on 10th May 1929. After the disastrous fire that destroyed the Regent's auditorium in April 1945, it was a miracle that the Plaza received only minor damage and it re-opened in November 1945.
In 1958 it was converted in a 3 projector Cinerama Theatre which continued until 1964, when it reverted back to regular 35mm presentations. Closing a few months after the Regent Theatre in November 1970, the fixtures and fittings were removed and the entire building was shuttered. The Plaza section was eventually converted into a shopping centre which failed and it wasn't until full restoration began in 1996 that there was any hope the building would be saved.
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March 2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.
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