1812 Theatre, Upper Ferntree Gully, Vic.

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    Located at 1-3 Rose Street, Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria. The Loyalty Theatre was opened as a cinema in 1939, and was designed in an Art Deco style with seating for 409, all on a single floor.

    Later known as the Festival Theatre, it was closed as a cinema in around 1962. The building became derelict, and suffered fire damage. In 1972, it was taken over by the 1812 Theatre group, and has been remodeled into a live theatre.


    1. Roderick Smith - rnveditor 41 months ago | reply

      In the early 2000s, the bakery next door (the left-hand portion of the wall) was absorbed as a second space, set up for small-scale and experimental theatre. During main seasons, it is as an auxiliary foyer, with artwork on display. At other times it is used for confrontational works, or is hired to outside groups.

      The main auditorium has about eight rows of 20 seats, plus a small single-row gallery level with the lighting booth.

      Roderick B Smith
      Rail News Victoria Editor

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