The Regent – lavish theatre entertained Brisbane for decades

HOW could a building - just bricks, timber and plaster - generate such extreme feelings of passion?

Why was this building the focal point of the city's entertainment for decades?

The answers are all in a new history of Brisbane's iconic Regent Theatre, the largest and most ornate theatre and picture palace ever built in the city, and described in detail in the new book The Regent: Brisbane's Motion Picture Cathedral by Michael T Gillies.

The story of the Regent from its conception in 1927 to its partial demolition in 1978 and rebirth in 1980 to its closure in 2010 and cinema demolition in 2012 is one that until now had never been told.

With chapters on the design, operation and the personal experiences of those who entered its gilded interior, it is the complete A to Z of the Regent.

Also included is a chapter on the Wurlitzer organ, a list of major feature films and live artists who performed on the Regent's stage from 1929 to its close in 1978.

The Regent: Brisbane's Motion Picture Cathedral comes as a hardback book of 174 pages and lavishly illustrated with more than 190 full-colour, sepia and monochrome images.

The book is available directly from the author, at bookshops or from Copyright Publishing Pty Ltd at $49.50.

Visit www.theregentbook.com to order direct from author or email theregentbook@gmail.com.

The Regent is a book about the Brisbane theatre's history.
The Regent is a book about the Brisbane theatre's history.

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