Melbourne’s grandest ‘Picture Palace’ was designed by Cedric H Ballantyne, drawing heavily on American cinema design, for F T Thring’s Hoyts Theatres. Opening just 3 1/2 weeks after the State in March 1929, the interior includes a Medieval Spanish style foyer, dripping with ornamentation and crowned by a painted ceiling, contrasted with a sumptuous Versailles Palace style auditorium (originally seating 3250), complete with an enormous crystal chandelier.

HISTORY: Regent Theatre, Situated at 191 Collins Street, Melbourne, this Renaissance Revival-style building [built in is listed by the National Trust of Australia and is on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Parramatta Cinema, c. 1920s, by Sam Hood

Format: Photograph Find more detailed information about this photographic collection: From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales www.

Roxy, Parramatta, c. 1930s, by Sam Hood - is still there and hasn't changed. Parramatta, N.S.W Australia.

Roxy Picture Theatre, in Parramatta, NSW, Australia Photo by Sam Hood. Roxy is still there and hasn't changed.

Minerva Theatre (later Metro Theatre) 28 Orwell Street, Potts Point, Kings Cross. Photographer Sam Hood. Manuscripts, oral history & pictures - State Library of New South Wales

Manuscripts, oral history & pictures - State Library of New South Wales

Photograph of the Kings Theatre at Marrickville showing the exterior of the theatre building. Taken by Sam Hood on 30 July 1937. From the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales : http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=11213

Photograph of the Kings Theatre at Marrickville showing the exterior of the theatre building. Taken by Sam Hood on 30 July 1937. From the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales : http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=11213

Opening night, "Hollywood Hotel Revue" (taken for Fuller's Theatres Ltd), Theatre Royal, Sydney, 23 September 1938 / photographer Sam Hood more detailed information about this photographic collection: http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=23988 from the collection of the State Library of New South Wales : www.sl.nsw.gov.au/

Opening night, "Hollywood Hotel Revue" (taken for Fuller's Theatres Ltd), Theatre Royal, Sydney, 23 September 1938 / photographer Sam Hood more detailed information about this photographic collection: http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=23988 from the collection of the State Library of New South Wales : www.sl.nsw.gov.au/

Cinema City Foyer, Hay St, Perth, Jan 1981

Cinema City Foyer, Hay St, Perth, Jan 1981

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