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          TERREY HILLS: In September,  United   SYDNEY: A slump in live theatre has cast
          Cinemas who operate at  Warriewood,   serious doubt on the long-term survival
          Avalon and Collaroy, lodged plans for an   of the  Theatre Royal  in the basement of   TASMANIA
          innovative, five-screen outdoor movie   the 33-year old MLC centre. Work is now
          complex in Myoora Road.  To be built as   required on the aging building and reports   HOBART: The city council has given approval
          part of $6-million retail and restaurant   indicate that the owners of the property are   for a 12-storey office block to replace the former
          complex, the cinema auditoriums would   keen to sell.                Odeon Theatre in Liverpool Street. Built in
          consist of grassed areas that would utilise                          1916 as the Strand, the cinema was modernised
          individual headphone receivers for sound,                            in 1929 and 1956 and operated as the Odeon
          and large LED-screens that could be viewed                           until closure in 1970. From 1972 became the
          both day and night.                                                  home of the  ABC Radio and the  Tasmanian
                                                                               Symphony Orchestra. Since the ABC exited the
                                                                               building it has been used as a church who have
                                                                               now moved to a new site and sold the theatre to
                                                                               a developer.

                                                                               The auditorium will be demolished for the
                                                                               office tower, whilst the façade and foyer are
                                                                               to be retained.
                                             BINGARA:  The Gwiydar Shire Council   QUEENSTOWN: In a bid to attract a
          CHARLESTOWN: This Newcastle suburb   owned Roxy Theatre complex which also   buyer, the owner of the  Paragon Theatre
          went from 6 to 14 screens when the new   once housed a café and guest house, are to   has dropped the sale price to offers around
          Reading 8 Cinemas opened in October   receive a $94,500 State Government grant to   $190,000. The theatre remains closed.
          2010.   The existing  Hoyts 6 continues to   develop a museum space celebrating Greek   ZEEHAN:  Film screenings have returned to
          trade well as a discount house (currently   immigrant café-culture in rural Australia.  the historic Gaiety Theatre as part of a display
          $9.90 all tickets).  Hoyts have signed a new   PETERSHAM: Conversion of the former   that re-creates the glory-days of the local picture
          10-year lease and a major refurbishment is   Majestic Theatre into luxury apartments is   show. Jewelled Nights was filmed in Zeehan in
          scheduled to be completed in time for the   well underway.           1925 and a 17-minute version has been re-created
          Christmas 2011 season. Upgrades include:                             for daily screenings during tourist inspections of
          conversion to digital projection with 3D                             the restored venue.
          capabilities, new stadium seating platforms
          throughout to provide for upgraded seating,                          WESTERN AUSTRALIA:
          larger screens, new carpeting and a makeover
          of the foyer and relocated candy-bar. (In a                          NORTHBRIDGE: The  short-lived  Imax
          Newcastle first, hot pizza will be on sale!)                         Theatre in Lake Street has been converted
          This is the first major overhaul since opening                       into a live venue called the  Metcalfe
          22-years ago in 1989.                                                Playhouse  - so named after local  Actor-
                                                                               Director, Edgar Metcalfe.
          SYDNEY: Greater Union is spending $70-
          million developing a QT hotel on the corner                          PERTH: The disused Perth Entertainment
          of Market and George Streets next door                               Centre (1974) which housed the Academy
          to the State Theatre to open in August or   Above: Apartment windows pierce the side walls   Twin Cinemas has been demolished
          September 2012.                    at the Petersham Odeon. Photo by William Gray.  for redevelopment.

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