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was a wide, central, grand staircase to the first landing. This   and half miles of wiring in 2,500 ft. of conduit to provide
             was built in timber (includingjatTah stair treads), with carved   the required  18,000 candlepower.  The P.R.  was the 24th.
             balustrading and decorative timber side wall  infills.  The   theatre wired by this specialist fmn (I).
             central  balustrade was supported  by  brass posts.  At the
             first landing the stair case split into left and right staircases   The stage area was 62ft. wide by 32ft. deep and was fitted
             to the upstairs foyer.  A royal blue on grey, patterned carpet   witb a sloping floor, a variety of stage curtains and dressing
             was used as runners on the stairs and as a large mat in the   rooms (stage left  and  right).  Unfortunately the  theau·e
             upstairs foyer.                                   component of the PR was deficient.  The  thean·e  was  not
                                                               equipped with a fly  tower or a  loading dock. ln fact vehi-
             The upstairs  foyer  ran  the  full  width  of the building and   cles could not even  access the two lanes which ran down
             featured a vaulted ceiling heavily adorned with plaster pan-  each side of the building, due to the location of the fire exit
             els and delicate designs of the Adam period; this treatment   staircases. Nevertheless. the PR hosted many liveenteJtain-
             was  continued  on  the  foyer walls.  Two  small  balconies   ments in its early years.
             opened  to  the front of the theatre (mainly  for ventilation
             purposes).  The foyer  was furnished  with  fabric  covered   The P.R  refreshment services were  leased  out to  others
             club suites, several standard lamps (of various designs) and   throughout the life oft he theatre.  These included the sweet
             aspidistras.                                      shop (on the right hand frontage) and the upstairs foyer candy
                                                               counter (complete with soda foulltains). This counter was
             Access to the stalls was at either side of the main staircase   unused from the 1940's.
             whilst the lounge area was entered from a central staircase
             leading from  the upstairs  foyer.  Pacific  maple  panelling   The theatre opened with a seating capacity of I ,220 (stalls
             was used on the lower sections of the walls in these areas.   680 and balcony 540). The seating capacity had been gradu-
                                                               ally reduced to 990 lby the late  1940's. The reduction was
             The auditorium  was  cavernous  with  the  main decorative   probably due to the effects of the entertainment tax as well
             feature being the deep elliptical proscenium arch, which also   as  reduction  in  the number of portable seats in the stalls.
             included two opera boxes.  Apart from the detailed plaster   Five levels of admission prices were charged; these being
             decoration of the proscenium the architects incorporated at-  front stalls,  back  stalls,  lounge reserve,  lounge and dress
             tractive latticework panels to disguise the main ventilators.   circle.  Apart from the front row of twenty-four heavily up-
             Ionic columns topped with decorative ledges and transoms   holstered chairs in  the lounge reserve, all  other seats were
             stood on  each  side of the opera boxes. The opera  boxes,   royal  blue  leatheretle covered,  flip  ups  with  wooden
             accessed from the dress circle catwalk exits, were furnished   armrests.  Each  row  of seats  was  fitted  with  decorative
             with cedar-framed chairs and an inlaid  cedar table.  Blue   wrought iron ends.  The stalls floor was flal and the seats
             velvet curtaining was installed to the stage and in the boxes.   were removable (eight seats were anchored to 3  II  x  I II  tim-
             A pelmut covered with matching velvet and a PR logo was   ber skids).  W. Ward and Sons supplied all  the seating for
             fitted above the stage curtains. The stage curtains were later   the thean·e.
             replaced with gold brocade.
                                                               Heating was provided by means of a plenum hot water sys-
             The plaster covered  brick  piers projected  into the audito-  tem that piped hot water through wall mow1ted radiators in
             rium.  These provided a stark modem contrast to the ornate   the stalls and through foot warmers in the lounge section. A
             stage area and the general delicate plaster decoration used   gas,  fan  forced  supplementary system was later added  to
             throughout the theatre.  Pacific Maple panelling was fixed   the upstairs section.  Two 6ft. and one 4ft. fans were mounted
             to  the front of the stage and the walls of the orchestra pit   above the stage and these had the capacity to move 50,000
             (which contained a "baby" grand piano).  The decorative   cubic  feet  of air per minute.  They were  installed  by  the
             plaster theme extended across the front of the circle and in   Typhoon Ventilating Coy.
             panels around the walls of the theatre.  The auditorium was
             painted in subdued tonjngs of gold and blue.      The bio box was at the rear of the circle and the first projec-
                                                               tors were Kalee machines.  A Mr.  Delevante was the tint
             The side wall ventilation windows were disguised with fine   projectionist.  The last projectors  used  were  fitted  with
             patterned metal screens topped with decorated plaster arches.   Centrex  fi lm heads.  The sound system was by Westrex.
             External shutters were fitted  to  the  windows to provide a   Upon closure of the  theatre the projectors were sold to the
             blackout facility.  The stepped down ceiling was decorated   Cameo Theatre, Belgrave (Melbourne).
             with plaster panels. The house lights were flush fitted  into
             the  ceiling;  they  were covered  with  opaque glass and   An old Nash car chassis and engine was stored undemeatb
             arranged in rows.  These were serviced by means of catwalks   the stage for emergency power generation.  Given the opu-
             installed in the ceiling space.                   lence of the theatre the toilet arrangements were primitive,
                                                               thjs was not unusual in public buildings in w1sewered coun-
             A state of the art lighting system was installed to  present   try towns.  Ladies and Gents pan serviced toilets were to
             spectacular stage  lighting effects.  Every  ten  seconds  the   the rear of the theatre, and were accessed via the laneways
             colours dissolved from amber to green, red, blue and white.   on each side of the building.  These were converted to sep-
             A special switchboard was used to  automatically achieve   tic tanks in the early 1950's and later sewered.
             these effects.  The electrical finn of E.A. Webb installed six   The Prince Regent was opened with great pomp and cer-
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