Cinema Paradiso: The Re-Opening of The Regal

The first time you enter the Regal via the modest front door, it is hard to know what to expect. A small foyer and ticket booth are separated from the screen room by a theatrically placed set of heavy curtains that once pushed aside reveal the heart of the lovingly restored Regal Cinema.

From the immaculately refurbished velvet seats and the polished floorboards to the imposing red curtain on the stage, a trip to the Regal is like stepping back through time to the glamorous heyday of cinema.

The Regal Cinema at Birmingham Gardens has been re-opened for more than three months, showing a wide selection of films as well as hosting talks, afternoon teas and soirees to faithful supporters, as well as a whole new generation of film lovers.

This new lease of life is all thanks to the love and dedication of a small but passionate team of volunteers, the Friends of the Regal Incorporated, with the support of the Australian film industry. Together they have prevented this iconic venue being razed to the ground and it is once again open for the enjoyment of the community…

Read more in Edition 68 of Hunter Lifestyle Magazine. 

Story: Laura Jackel.
Pictured: 
Sign painter Brett Piva from Pocket Design adds finishing touches to the Regal sign.