More than just a theatre to the Wauchope people through much of last century, the Regent was the centre of their town, the focus of their social existence and hosted virtually all their popular cultural events apart from sport. Its story embraces the rise and fall of movies in a typical country town; the Regent’s part as a venue for dances and balls, meetings and flower shows; a place where townspeople and farm folk alike met, mixed, gossiped, danced, courted, celebrated and exchanged news and views.

In a display using both audio and visual resources to bring the past back to life, this event showcases the history of the Regent Theatre through boom and bust to its sad loss to fire early this century. The display on Saturday 9 will continue into the evening with the addition of an early silent movie with piano accompaniment and a band. Bring a plate to share for an evening meal at 6 pm.

When: Friday 8 September 2017, 2:00-4:00pm, and Saturday 9 September 2017, 6:00-9:00pm.
Where: Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Oxley Lane, Wauchope
Cost: Gold coin donation
Contact: jeanmay@activ8.net.au or 02 65 876 077
Hosted by Wauchope District Historical Society Inc., in partnership with Wauchope Arts Council and Port Macquarie Hastings Council.

Image: More than a picture theatre, the Regent was also the place of many community activities including the 1922 Wauchope Show Ball, Wauchope District Historical Society Inc.

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