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climates, in the days before air-
          conditioning. The entrepreneurs used
          the outdoor facilities on warm nights
          and the indoor on cold or wet evenings.
          It is likely that the outdoor section was
          built after the auditorium as it was
          more likely in “twin” operations to
          have a common projection facility, with
          swivel mounted projectors. In some
          cases the indoor and outdoor
          arrangements were built in parallel to
          allow for the use of common projectors,
          only this time moved on tracks between
          the two venues.
            Peacock later leased the café to Mr.
          Aroney, and so begins the Greek
          connection with the Bingara cinema
          saga. It was not long after this that
          three Greek partners, Messrs Feros,
          Psaltis and Comino purchased a large
          site further south in Maitland St, at the
          corner of Cunningham St. These
          gentlemen, trading as Peters and Co. (a
          synonym apparently used by a lot of
          Greek entrepreneurs at the time),
          constructed three large and attractive
          buildings including the Roxy. The
          words Peters and Co remain in the
          terrazzo floor of the theatre entrance.
            Tragically the trio became bankrupt
          just after the opening of the Roxy in
          1936; this event led to the suicide of
          Mr. Feros. I. Fader &Co. subsequently
          took over the whole complex in
          settlement of the debts. A Mr. Peter
          Murray was the next owner.
            The Roxy theatre is a large
          building, which dominates the
          streetscape of the commercial area. It is
          solid - triple brick with a cement render
          finish. Every thing about the theatre
          suggests quality and expense,
          particularly so in a small country town
          setting. ‘It is also a link with the Greek
          cinema exhibitors who were known to
          have built theatres in New South Wales
          country areas that were that little bit
          better ……(and) the Roxy may be
          close to being the best preserved
          example’ (3)
            The Roxy is described as ‘… an
          excellent example of Australian
          “angular” Art Deco with the interior
          being profusely decorated…..’ (3)
            The frontage comprised a central
          entrance flanked by two shops. The
          neighboring buildings were built at the
          same time by the developers. The art
          deco design of the theatre is carried
                                            Exteriors and auditorium side wall Roxy, Bingara 2003.
          through to the neighbouring shops.  The
          stepped awning theme is continued in
          the design of the shop fronts. Vitrolite
          and metal was used across the frontage.

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