Regal Theatre 224 Buckley Street, Essendon Nth, VIC - 1940

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Regal Theatre 224 Buckley Street, Essendon Nth, VIC - 1940

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Screening at The Regal - Night Train to Munich is a 1940 British thriller film directed by Carol Reed and starring Margaret Lockwood and Rex Harrison. Written by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder, based on the 1939 short story Report on a Fugitive by Gordon Wellesley, the film is about an inventor and his daughter who are kidnapped by the Gestapo after the Nazis march into Prague in the prelude to the Second World War. A British secret service agent follows them, disguised as a senior German army officer pretending to woo the daughter over to the Nazi cause.

Theatre details - Located in the northwest Melbourne district of Essendon North. The Southern Cross Picture Theatre opened in 1925 and was designed by Essendon based architect V.G. Cook. It was renovated in 1939 in an Art Deco style to the plans of architectural firm, Cowper, Murphy & Appleford.

It was re-named Regal Theatre on 12th August 1939 when it re-opened with Spencer Tracey in “Boys Town. It was operated by W.J. Howard.

Closed 26/11/1958 & demolished in 2016. A mattress/bedding shop was operating in the new building on the site - notes by Ken Roe

Contributed by Greg Lynch -

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