17 Lydiard Street South Ballarat VIC 3353 (03) 5333-5800
Capacity: 959 seats
Architect(s): George Browne; William Pitt
Architectural Style(s): Victorian
Current Organ: Compton
Also Known As: Academy of Music, Memorial
Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.
Opened: 1911 Closed: 1964 Current Use: Live Theatre Current Organ: Compton 9 Rank
First opened as the Academy of Music in 1875 it became Her Majesty's Theatre in 1899 after it had been re-modelled by architect William Pitt. It started to show movies from 1911 although stage productions were also continued. In 1916 a cinema projection room was built at the rear of the upper balcony and full time cinema became the norm until it closed in 1964. It returned to full time live theatre use from 1965 and in 1982 a Compton cinema organ was installed that was originally in the Ritz (ABC) cinema in Warrington, Lancashire, England. Her Majesty's Theatre is the oldest continually operating theatre in Australia and is a heritage listed building.
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