Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tasteful Restraint?

Where is the most ornate old theatre foyer in Australia. I think Victor may have discovered  a strong contender and I would be interested if anyone can mention a more ornate theatre foyer in Australia. Note, I don't use the word beautiful. That is in the eye of the beholder. Art Deco is more my style. I remember being very impressed by Sydney's State Theatre where we watched a film soon after the theatre was restored to its former glory in about 1983.

While it is not longer used as a theatre, the foyer is.....well, Victor has the information on The Regent Theatre in Brisbane and some terrific photos.

https://some14me.blogspot.com.au/2017/01/regency-grandeur.html

Here is a tease photo.




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    1. Exactly what I thought, Sandra.

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  2. Deco lends itself better to theatres me thinks

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    1. John, I agree. I not that fond of high decoration.

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  3. Our town of Bonners Ferry had this small but lovely little theater but is was sold and need to be up dated...do to safety reason.
    I sure miss it and the seat was so comfy.
    Coffee is on

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    1. That's a pity Dora. I hope it does reopen.

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    2. In fact, there should be state or federal funding, as this is one of those things that people lose that spoils community life and turns people towards voting for idiots.

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  4. I've been to the state a few times over the years but none of the others.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, I hope the State is still in good condition. It was very nice.

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  5. absolutely awesome

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  6. Wow. They are stunning photos Victor posted. Ornate, and over the top.

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    1. EC, not giving you ideas for home decoration?

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  7. Regency grandeur is far too fussy for cinemas. Talkies (films) first tentatively appeared in 1929 and by 1931 were everywhere. This was exactly the right time for Deco. So I agree with you - cinemas look perfect in Deco.

    Hels
    http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com.au/2009/01/passion-for-building-art-deco-1929-39.html

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  8. Thanks for the link Hels. That was interesting.

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  9. The Regent in Brisbane was beautiful...a sad loss.

    How can I ever forget it? I saw "Zorba the Greek" and "Cabaret" for the first times at Brisbane's Regent Theatre.

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    1. Well Lee, at least the foyer was kept. I am not much of one for musicals, normally being forced to go to them, but I am looking forward to seeing Cabaret this year.

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  10. Theatre foyer? I can't remember the last time I was in one.

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    1. River, yeah yeah. Senior people don't go out at night, and even nearly seniors like me aren't so keen either, but theatres are often open during the day.

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    2. yeah yeah, but I just don't go to theatres. The closest cinema to me is a modern complex with no resemblance at all to the wonderful old buildings of the past. I have vague memories of Her Majesty's Theatre, from when I saw Cats and also Hot Shoe Shuffle, but I couldn't describe it now, it was so long ago.

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    3. River, is Cats that old? Wow. I know Hot Shoe Shuffle is very old. 80s, I guess.

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  11. What a beautiful theatre foyer Andrew.. I also prefer the simpler Art Deco style but I can so appreciate the work that was involved here. That's the fanciest tourist office ever I bet! Absolutely nothing as grand here in Perth!

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    1. All true Grace. We did step inside the theatre foyer in Hay Street for a bo peep and it was pretty good, but now I can't remember it and I didn't take photos.

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  12. That is really lovely, there is just something about Art Deco that is nice.

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    1. Margaret, I have yet to ever hear someone say, I hate art deco.

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  13. The State Theatre remains a favourite of mine, the foyers are spectacular.

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    1. Victor, I really can't remember now, impressed as I was but I think the State is little more restrained than the one above.

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