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            The Lyric Chapel Street Prahran,
          May 2003.
            Melbourne’s first purpose built
          suburban cinema is now a rear wall.
          The original front was long gone, re-
          built as a bank and later for other
          retailing, but in the cavernous
          auditorium, used as a garage for bank
          cars, remnants of the cinema days were
          the bio ports and sections of painted
          burlap peeling from the brick walls, the
          only form of decoration. The planned
          residential and retail development will
          apparently retain the brickwork of the
          back wall and part of the side walls.
            Hoyts Windsor. May 2003.            When the Windsor opened, six    stands as the only monument to the
            Opening 17 April 1936 Hoyts      features - Crying Room, Ticket box,  original partnership. The creativity
          Windsor signaled the confident re-  Seating, Projection, Heating and  involved in the first working through of
          entry of Hoyts into theatre construction.  Cooling and Service - were claimed by  a new style surely deserved greater
          The Windsor was the first of seven  Hoyts to be ‘found in no other theatre  respect.
          theatres which brought together Hoyts  in Australia.’ The Journal of the Royal  The site will become a five storey
          (sometimes with Robert McLeish), the  Victorian Institute of Architects also  building comprising offices at ground
          architects H. Vivian Taylor and Soilleux  praised the innovations.    level and dwellings above.
          and the builders T.R. and L. Cockram  The design of the ceiling overcame  For more on the history of this
          Pty. Ltd. in a merger of professional  a problem often seen in earlier theatres;  theatre see:
          and trade skills unequalled in theatre  an ugly ‘step-up’ to the ceiling roof of  ‘Hoyts Windsor Theatre’ Rod How
          construction in Victoria.          the dress circle. At the Windsor the  CinemaRecord 12 May 1996
             The other theatres were (in     ceiling was integrated from circle to
                                                                                   ‘Cinemas of Australia via USA’
          sequence) Hoyts Albury, Padua      stage by gentle stepping all the way. In
                                                                                Ross Thorne 1981
          Brunswick, Regal, Hartwell (all 1937);  Cinemas of Australia via USA Ross
                                                                                   ‘Builders of Melbourne’ Mary
          Park Albert Park, Ozone Mildura    Thorne assessed the theatre output of
                                                                                Shaw 1972.
          (both 1938) and the Rivoli Camberwell  Taylor and Soilleux from 1936 –39 as
                                                                                   Reporting by: Cameron Hall,
          (1940).                            ‘the most consistent and Architectural
                                                                                Gerry Kennedy, David Kilderry, Brian
            From this experience Taylor said  designs of the whole moderne period.’
                                                                                Mier, Brian Miller, Fred Page, Ian
          that if a prospective client could state  Yet for all this the Windsor did not
                                                                                Smith and Peter Wolfenden.
          the number of seats he wanted in a new  rate a heritage status of sufficient clout
          theatre, then he could tell him the cost.   to save it. The Rivoli Camberwell now

          The Windsor Theatre

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