Nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in the Cudegong Valley approximately 265km from Sydney; the historic town of Mudgee is home to some of the best vineyards Australia has to offer as well as one of Australia’s iconic landmarks, the Mudgee Regent Theatre.
Built in 1935 under the instruction of the renowned architect Douglas Smith, the Regent Theatre displays period Art Deco styling and an abundance of history.
Originally designed as a live space, the theatre has a large 15m by 8 meter stage with fly tower. The Theatre also has dressing rooms either side of the stage, wcs and a lighting system, including a raiseable cinemascope screen that lifts 5.5 meters for live performances, making it perfect for traveling theatre companies and local productions.
Licensed to accommodate 986 guests the Mudgee Regent Theatre is a rare surviving example of the typical cinema / theatre that dominated the early twentieth century landscape through out NSW.
The cinema contains numerous items of historical value, which are still in use, including the c1938 slide projector and slide panel. The nursery and child care facilities house rare and intact murals depicting the popular children’s art of the 1940s.
The auditorium has the original fans still in position and the lounge has original art deco light fittings, mirrors and velvet circular lounge.
The street front office adjoining the main entrance has original wallpaper in magnificent condition and features pieces of early ticketing memorabilia. The large projection box that spans the entire width of the cinema is encased in fireproof concrete and contains two 1972 carbon arc projectors and a 16mm projector, as well as the original lighting board and various early artifacts.
Set on 1,218m2 block and spanning three stories of pristine art deco architecture, the Regent Theatre is an impressive shrine to possibility.