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Regal Theatre, Hartwell

Venue Summary
Name Regal Theatre, Hartwell
Address 398 Camberwell Road, Hartwell, Victoria 3124
Operation Dates 1937-05-08 - 1958-01-01
Capacity 1179
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
1937-05-08 - 1958-01-01 : Exhibitor : Robert Mc Leish Theatres
1937-05-08 - 1958-01-01 : Exhibitor : Junction Theatre Company Pty Ltd
Venue Comments

The Regal was located at the corner of Camberwell and Toorak Roads. It was built for Junction Theatre Company and Hoyts Theatres and operated by Hartwell Theatres (Robert Mc Leish was both the managing director of Hartwell and Junction).

The Regal opened on Saturday May 8, 1937 with the screening of Ramona starring Loretta Young and Don Ameche. (Tod, p. 21)
The Regal was closed and demolished in 1958. (Tod, p. 24)

Film Weekly records the following changes in capacity:
1946/47-1949/50 = 1164
1950/51-1958/59 = 1179


'Regal theatre Hartwell' book within the Bertrand files that goes through each of the rooms of the Regal Theatre (includes pictures). -- Bertrand, I Cinema File: Hartwell (unpublished research).

Argus 'At the new Regal' May 8, 1937 (references the opening)
'1937, 'Sun'', May 8 (references opening).

Cinema & Theatre Historical Society 1997, Cinema index : Melbourne cinemas, suburban cinemas, Victorian drive-ins. CATHS, Victoria.

Film Weekly, Film Weekly: motion picture directoy, Film Weekly, Sydney. 1946/7-1958/9

Thorne, R 1981, 'Cinema of Australia via USA', pp.282-283.
Tod, L 2005, 'The symbol of its era: The Regal", Kino Cinema Quarterly, no. 93, p. 21

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1937-05-08 Regal Theatre 398 Camberwell Road
Victoria 3124
1164 Suburb Cinema 1