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Old February 21st, 2008, 12:08 AM   #81
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Here, here Catherine. At 30 years of age, as I look through historic picture books of Brisbane, I am disgusted to see what he had and have since allowed to be destroyed. What do we have left? Customs House and the Casino? Wow! As much as I hate to admit it, Melbourne does/has embraced its physical history and preserved it for future generations. With the pending Northbank disaster around the corner, let's just rename Brisbane to Multiplex shall we! Barf!
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Restoring the theatre, or re-creating it? Looks to me like it was thoroughly smashed, is the shell there? Restoration of the Civic Theatre in Auckland was possible because most of the theatre was still there. Regent to me looks like it is a goner.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 10:14 AM   #83
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Rush slams Regent demolition
Shannon Molloy | February 21, 2008 - 12:06PM




Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has slammed the proposed demolition of the historic Regent Theatre, warning the Queen Street Mall could soon resemble a "Lego village" unless action was taken to preserve its heritage.

Developers Multiplex and ISPT have proposed closing the Regent and demolishing the rear cinemas to make way for a 38-storey office tower.

Angry locals and heritage activists have created two Facebook groups and a website to protest the plans.

Thousands of locals have pledged their support, and now one of Australia's most celebrated actors has leant his name to the cause.

Mr Rush, star of a string of international film successes - including Shine, for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor - said developers' plans to preserve the Regent's heritage foyer and facade was a "token gesture".

He warned the Queen Street Mall was at risk of losing its "unique splendour" and could soon be mistaken for a Lego village or "some high-fiving idiots' version of their own pea-brained future".

"We must challenge and deny these most venal minds that Queensland too-regularly puts in charge of our city's character," he said.

"We must fight very hard to maintain this building."

The Regent Theatre was built at the end of the 1920s and for decades has entertained patrons, but could soon close its doors to make way for development.

Lord Mayor Campbell Newman voiced his opposition to the proposed closure of the Regent, and Labor's Lord Mayoral candidate Greg Rowell started a petition. The Greens also oppose the plan.

Mr Rush said the real damage to the Regent was done in 1978, when the grand auditorium was demolished and replaced with four cinemas.

"...but they left us with a bit of it in tact - how generous, how cunning, how manipulative, (and) how patronising."

He urged Save the Regent campaigners to make their voices heard and labelled the proposed office building a "bland corporate monolith".

Mutliplex last week defended its plan, and said the redevelopment of the Regent would see it given a new purpose.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 12:23 PM   #84
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You must have a thrilling life. Watching a pirated movie on a tiny 19" screen with little speakers will never, ever, compare to the experience of going to the cinemas.
home cinema usually does the job. and i live a more thrilling life than sitting indoors all day watching movies too.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 10:39 PM   #85
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They cannot be serious about demolishing the Regent. It's a wonderful building. Just restore it and the build the tower on top.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 12:37 AM   #86
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Restore, I think it would have to be 'rebuild'?
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 01:16 AM   #87
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They cannot be serious about demolishing the Regent. It's a wonderful building. Just restore it and the build the tower on top.
They are not at all demolishing the Regent.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 06:24 AM   #88
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Here, here Catherine. At 30 years of age, as I look through historic picture books of Brisbane, I am disgusted to see what he had and have since allowed to be destroyed. What do we have left? Customs House and the Casino? Wow! As much as I hate to admit it, Melbourne does/has embraced its physical history and preserved it for future generations. With the pending Northbank disaster around the corner, let's just rename Brisbane to Multiplex shall we! Barf!
People often overestimate what has been lost: the proportion is not so dissimilar to Melbourne or Sydney, the difference is that they had a lot more to start with.

If you really think that all that has been saved is Customs House and the Treasury you need to get your head out of books and actually get out to have a look for yourself.
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Ignoring the Heritage that was burned to the ground or by other unavoidable causes. This includes things like the Supreme Court etc.

Other Heritage areas is the Government precinct with the Mansions, the government club, parliament house and government house. And that is just one precinct in the CBD.
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They are not at all demolishing the Regent.
I know the theatre will remain, but they are demolishing the existing struture and replacing it with a new one.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 07:07 AM   #91
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That part though is not a wonderful building. It is a tired and falling apart extension completed in the 70's
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 07:13 AM   #92
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Somebody should start something in Facebook or MySpace that is pro this development and that points out the truths of this development so the Nimbys dont get their way on this....
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Regent Theatre not worth saving: historian
Shannon Molloy | February 22, 2008 - 1:22PM


Brisbane's historic Regent Theatre is not worth saving from closure and partial demolition because most of its heritage was destroyed 30 years ago, a local cinema historian believes.

Developers Multiplex and ISPT have proposed closing the theatre in Queen Street Mall to make way for a 38-storey office building.

While historical components would be retained, including the building's protected foyer and marble staircase, thousands of locals have promised to protest the development.

However the Queensland convenor of the Cinema and Theatre Historical Society said he had no issue with the closure of the Regent, provided all the building's historical elements were saved.

"A lot of the blog comments I've seen on various websites say we've got to save the Regent, as if the old theatre is still there," Steve Maggs said.

"It's almost as if they haven't realised the theatre was demolished in 1979."

A campaign was launched in the late 1970s to save the Regent from planned demolition, and protesters eventually reached a compromise with developers.

The facade and foyer of the building was kept, but the grand auditorium was destroyed and replaced with four cinemas.

When that happened, the Regent lost most of its historical significance, Mr Maggs believes.

"It would be nice to still have a theatre there at the Regent, but there's no issue (with closing it) as long as we've kept the heritage components.

"If the old theatre was there, there'd be no question at all - we would have to save it."

Original plasterwork from the old auditorium was removed 30 years ago and installed in a new cinema, he said.

"The bottom line is there's really only one cinema at the Regent that looks nice, and it's not original anyway."

It was vital that developers saved the plasterwork and used it in the new development or somewhere else, he said.
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What would an actor who spends most of his time overseas know about developments in Brisbane anyway.
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Geoofrey Rush lived in Brisbane and started his acting career with the Qld Theatre Company, so I dare say he would know a fair bit about the Regent theatre but would he really care or has he just been roped in with propaganda from anti-developers.
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Somebody should start something in Facebook or MySpace that is pro this development and that points out the truths of this development so the Nimbys dont get their way on this....
Hence why I got off my backside and made this:



I hope Multiplex sees this and knows that we love them
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...love is such a strong word...
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That article makes more sense, as long as the heritage listed components are incorporated into the development.
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partner works for the government..apparently they now have control and is no longer going ahead since friday
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I heard the state had control, but that is ridiculous!
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