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The Fight to Save the Regent Theatre, Wollongong

Chronology

1934

Herbert Jones purchases a site on Keira Street, Wollongong, for the erection of a picture theatre.

1935

September Architect Reginald John Magoffin submits plans to the NSW Chief Secretary for a new picture theatre at Wollongong, able to seat 1569 people.

1936

South Coast Pictures Ltd. is launched to raise funds to erect the Regent.

1939

November Mr Jones advises the authorities that war will delay his building plans.

1947

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.

1950

February building commences on the Regent Theatre and offices.

1954

Regent offices completed.

1957

27 December the Regent Theatre commences operations.

1961

April the first CineScope newsreel is shown at the Regent.

1963

August stereophonic sound introduced.

1966

June Sunday screenings commence.

1967

October 70mm projection introduced.

1991

June the City of Greater Wollongong Heritage Study identifies the Regent Theatre as a heritage item of Regional Significance.

1995

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.

2002

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.

 


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