The Fight to Save the Regent Theatre, Wollongong
Herbert Jones purchases a site on Keira Street, Wollongong, for the erection of a picture theatre.
September – Architect Reginald John Magoffin submits plans to the NSW Chief Secretary for a new picture theatre at Wollongong, able to seat 1569 people.
South Coast Pictures Ltd. is launched to raise funds to erect the Regent.
November – Mr Jones advises the authorities that war will delay his building plans.
Mrs Jones and her son Maurice take over the Regent project following the death of Herbert Jones in 1943.
November – Magoffin submits updated plans for the Regent Theatre to the Theatres and Film Commission.
February – building commences on the Regent Theatre and offices.
Regent offices completed.
27 December – the Regent Theatre commences operations.
April – the first CineScope newsreel is shown at the Regent.
August – stereophonic sound introduced.
June – Sunday screenings commence.
October – 70mm projection introduced.
June – the City of Greater Wollongong Heritage Study identifies the Regent Theatre as a heritage item of Regional Significance.
Wollongong City Council officers downgrade the heritage listing of the Regent from Regional to Local on the Local Environment Plan. This is in spite of the recommendation from the 1991 Heritage Study.
26 April – community informed that Lend Lease is proposing the demolition of the Regent Theatre to make way for a commercial development.
29 April – Screentalk email group reactivated to facilitate discussion of this issue.
30 April – Illawarra Mercury article on Lend Lease plans for redevelopment of the Wollongong CBD and possible demolition of the Regent. Lend Lease issue a press release.
30 April – WIN4 news story on the Regent. See here for transcript.
1 May – Illawarra Mercury article - National Trust to Fight for Regent.
2 May – National Trust NSW issues a Statement of Significance for the Regent and places it on the Register with a State significance allocation. See here for a copy.
4 May – Friends of the Regent Theatre (FORT) formed in Wollongong.
6 May – Illawarra Historical Society resolves to support the preservation of the Regent Theatre.
6 May – Lend Lease meet with the National Trust to discuss the Regent Theatre. See here for a copy of the press release.
7 May – Illawarra Mercury Forum article on the Regent. See here for copy.
8 May – Wollongong City Council Cultural Advisory Committee passes the following motion in regards to the Regent:
8 May – Wollongong Advertiser article.