Hollywood Glamour Comeback
Old Hollywood Glamour is making a comeback to Brisbane’s CBD
Reminiscent of yesteryears’ Hoyts Regent and Festival Hall the old Irish Club building is proposed to be converted into the Elizabeth Picture Theatre. Traditionally, Brisbane has lost more heritage buildings than any other Australian capital city. Gone are the days of midnight demolitions of historical icons, such as the Cloudland ballroom by the then Bjelke-Patersen government. Whilst it is wonderful to move cities and their populations into the 21st century, it is equally important to transport people back to past centuries, 1879 to be exact. Thankfully to the Heritage List register and the Sourris Family, Brisbane’s legacies may be preserved as a symbol of history and memories. The Sourris Family’s vision is to recreate an original cinema-going experience or what was once known as a weekend trip to the ‘pictures’. Seven cinemas are proposed in the development along with space for retail businesses. The only question left is whether this authentic cinema experience will include canvas seats, two movies and interval for a nostalgic two shillings and six pence.