Melbourne’s grandest ‘Picture Palace’ was designed by Cedric H Ballantyne, drawing heavily on American cinema design, for F T Thring’s Hoyts Theatres. Opening just 3 1/2 weeks after the State in March 1929, the interior includes a Medieval Spanish style foyer, dripping with ornamentation and crowned by a painted ceiling, contrasted with a sumptuous Versailles Palace style auditorium (originally seating 3250), complete with an enormous crystal chandelier.

HISTORY: Regent Theatre, Situated at 191 Collins Street, Melbourne, this Renaissance Revival-style building [built in is listed by the National Trust of Australia and is on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Federation 1901: Roses Stereoscopic Views Duke of York Celebrations, Melbourne 1901 Chinese Procession and the Queenss Arch, Collins Street, Melbourne Vic Australia

Federation Roses Stereoscopic Views Duke of York Celebrations, Melbourne 1901 Chinese Procession and the Queenss Arch, Collins Street, Melbourne Vic Australia

Collins Street

Collins St, Melbourne Australia mid Note: Most buildings still stand except the grey one on the corner of Collins and Queen.

Melbourne's Collins Street in 1858 just some 23 years after first settlement. Swanston Street intersects it.

Melbourne's Collins Street in 1858 just some 23 years after first settlement. Swanston Street intersects it.

Collins St late 50s

Collins St late 50s

Historic tall buildings of Australia (19thC) - SkyscraperCity

The Federal Coffee Palace, Melbourne - unfortunately, now demolished (don't know what year?

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