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In Narrandera (population 4,700)
          the former Globe/Plaza Theatre is
          home to the Christian Revival Church.
          The theatre opened as The Globe in
          1927, was damaged by fire and
          reopened as the Plaza in 1934, seating
          1032. (The hall next door was used as
          a cinema whilst the Globe was rebuilt.)
            An unusual feature of The Plaza
          was a double storied verandah which
          gave the exterior the look of a country
          hotel. Access to the verandah was
          directly from the rear of the circle.
          Twin staircases to the circle led from
          the common entry to the stalls.
            The church is built in the stalls area
          of the theatre. False walls and ceiling
          create a more intimate and appropriate
          space for worship. The former 1950’s
          proscenium and CinemaScope screen
          are still in place and the circle is
          complete with its seats. There is no
          equipment left in the projection room.
            Two venues were inspected in
          Deniliquin (population 7800). The
          Deniliquin Town Hall, was a
          refurbished 19th Century ornate
          building with a flat floor and a small,
          high set balcony. Leased for years to
          O’Halloran Theatres, it ran as the
          Regent (seating 600) until they built
          their own Regent Theatre in 1957.
            The second Regent was designed
          by the prolific firm of architects
          Cowper, Murphy and Associates.
          Smart design was evident in a two
          level venue with large ground floor
          foyers and a crying room. The theatre
          seated 801. The original Kalee 21
          projectors were in use until the theatre
          closed about a year ago. This theatre is
          to be the subject of a future article in
          Day 4:
            Art Deco was the inspiration for
          the new Paramount Centre at Echuca
          (population 10,00). In this four screen
          venue Cinema 1 seats 393, Cinema 2  Top down: Hotel-like exterior of the Globe/Plaza Narrandera
          seats 140 and cinemas 3 and 4 each  For Your Eyes Only – Original remnants of interior above the false ceiling,
          seat 102. Cinema 1 doubles as a well  Plaza Narrandera.
          equipped performing art space with  Town Hall Deniliquin, the first Regent in the town - projection ports above the
          spacious stage and backstage areas.  small balcony.
          The project is a partnership between  The custom built Regent Deniliquin. The murals were a late addition.
          the City Council and private enterprise.
                                             theatre was probably the last of the  Part of the adjacent hotel utilizes the
          The Paramount Centre was featured
                                             two-level, single screens to be built in  former stalls area of the Regent.
          in CinemaRecord No. 36 (2002).
                                             country Victoria.                     The Swan Hill Town Hall is a
            At Swan Hill (population 10,000)
                                                The Regent was converted into a  magnificent example of Art Deco
          the former Regent Theatre (another of
                                             smaller theatre c.1970. This space was  design currently being converted into a
          the O’Halloran Theatres) is
                                             then twinned and renamed the Oasis  world standard performing arts centre.
          substantially changed but continues to
                                             Cinema.  The Oasis seats 150 and 170.  From the day it opened in 1935 the
          screen films. Also a design by Cowper,
                                             Cinemeccanica projectors are used  Town Hall operated as a cinema, five
          Murphy & Associates, this 990 seat
                                             with platter systems for film transport.  days per week. Another of the
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