Description – HERITAGE CINEMA REFURBISHMENT ALBURY
Location of Project – ALBURY NSW
Year Project Commenced – 2019
MHDP was brought on by Village Cinemas to manage the staged refurbishment of the Regent Cinema in Albury NSW.
The Regent cinema complex contains within it a heritage-listed two-level purpose-built cinema that dates back to 1926. The heritage cinema (Cinema 1) still retains its original decorative detailing, including rich Adamesque cameos and plaques, vaulted ceilings and pendant lighting. MHDP undertook the refurbishment of the rest of the cinema complex while the plans for Cinema 1 were worked through and approved, ultimately delivering the refurbishment over two stages with local builder Binding Building. The heritage cinema refurbishment introduced new ways to enjoy going to the movies, such as couch seating on the lower stalls, as well as providing updated accessibility and entirely re-platforming the upper balconies to suit the improved seating. The heritage cinema refurbishment extended to the foyer where the previously blocked-up original dress circle windows were uncovered and revived. As part of Stage 1, the concessions area was entirely revamped and modernised but in such a way as to complement the heritage side.
The Cinema Albury project took out an MBA Award for heritage restoration. It was a very successful team effort, that included the following:
Client: Village Cinemas and Regent Cinemas
Builder: DJ Binding of Binding Building
Architect: MHDP Architects. Team: Ben Johnston, Charlotte Anlezark, Raphael Li
Interior designer: Paul Hickman of PHD
Services Engineers: ADA Consulting
Structural Engineers: SJE Consulting
Access: Andrew Sanderson of Architecture&Access
PCA: Andrew Luu of BSGM