The Regent Theatre in Mudgee has been announced as listed on the NSW State heritage register. Backed by a strong campaign of community support, the theatre has been formally recognised as an item of State heritage significance by the Minister responsible for Heritage, Don Harwin.
Mr Harwin said the Regent Theatre is one of a handful of remaining regional theatres from the heyday of cinema in New South Wales.
“The theatre retains a remarkable level of intact interiors, including the Art Deco fittings and fixtures in the foyer and auditorium,” he said.
“I am delighted to approve this important piece of NSW’s history in the heart of Mudgee on the State Heritage Register.”
The Regent Theatre was the work of noted Sydney-based British architect George Newton Kenworthy, who designed some of the finest picture palaces and Art Deco buildings in Australia, including the Cremorne Orpheum Theatre, the Ballroom and Supper Room in Katoomba’s Paragon Cafe and the interiors of the State Theatre in Sydney.
The theatre, which has been listed for sale since 2019, will now be protected for future generations, with any change to the building now requiring the approval of the Heritage Council of NSW.
Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales
Friday, 7 February, 2020