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designed their club buildings in
          Glenferrie Road, Kooyong. He also
          designed the Royal South Yarra Tennis
          Club headquarters in Verdant Avenue,
          Toorak and, in 1927, the headquarters
          of the Victoria Golf Club in Park
          Road, Cheltenham.
            Ballantyne was a perfectionist. His
          concern for quality sometimes led to
          the demolition of unsatisfactory work
          and changes to plans as buildings
          progressed. But he was regarded as a
          good planner, creating his buildings
          from the inside out – particularly
          important in theatre design. His first
          theatre work came in 1923: the
          partnership of Ballantyne and Hare
          was commissioned by J. and N. Tait to
          redesign the auditorium of the Palace
          Theatre in Pitt Street, Sydney. They
          removed most of the posts that had
          annoyed patrons since 1896, replaced
          the exuberant Arabian Nights decor
          with a stately European renaissance
          interior, and reduced the seating  palace in Australia and when it opened  Ballantyne’s re-construction of the Palace
          capacity from 1000 to an intimate 872.  in 1924 the Architecture and Building  Sydney. It later became Hoyts Palace.
            Around this time Ballantyne      Journal of Queensland found it     Image: Theatre in Australia by John
          travelled to the United States, studying  ‘almost startling in its magnificence’.  West. Cassell Australia 1978
          cinema design. He and Hare had been  There was luxurious seating for over
          contracted to design a grand new   2000 patrons. Mouldings of Australian
          theatre in Brisbane – the huge     plants decorated the roof, giving ‘the
          Wintergarden in Queen Street. It was  appearance of a shroud of filmy lace
          acknowledged as the first true picture  stretched across the ceiling.’

          The Wintergarden Brisbane was Ballantyne’s first cinema commission.
          Source: Picture Palace Architecture in Australia by Ross Thorne. Sun Books Pty. Ltd. 1976.

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