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Go behind the scenes of this beautiful historic theatre. Wander through the main hall, the dress circle and projection rooms. Check out the carbon-arc projectors, original movie posters and other memorabilia from the golden years of talkie theatres. Catch the 3 short video presentations detailing the history of the theatre. Take your time, grab a coffee and home-made cake at the bar and soak up the atmosphere of this wonderful art deco space.
Tours daily 10am–4pm
(Other times by arrangement)
Adults $7 Children $3
Are you exploring Tasmania on a coach tour or with your car or bike club? Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary to do? Let us tailor a unique experience for your group. With exclusive access to mining, pining, and Hydro-Power sites as well as our lovely theatre for private functions, we have something to suit everyone. Call us to discuss options.
The Paragon Story
Built at a cost of over 5000 pounds by the Paragon Picture Co Pty Ltd as a "talkie theatre", the Paragon Theatre officially opened on October 28, 1933. A capacity house of 1150 were enthralled by Mae West in "She Done Him Wrong" and Edward G. Robinson in "Tiger Shark."
The theatre enjoyed capacity crowds for decades until the emergence of home video hire in the late 1970's. Patronage declined to the point where the theatre closed its doors in 1985. Soon after, the building was gutted of all ground floor seating and more than half of the dress circle was demolished to house an indoor cricket stadium. Within a few years, that also closed and the theatre was abandoned and left to its fate.
In 2003 Dr Alex Stevenson took on the mammoth task of restoring the building to reopen it as a 60 seat luxury cinema. Alex, and later new wife Alice, spent 4 years on restoration, including hand painting the entire floor to resemble marble.
In 2012 they returned to their home country of Zimbabwe passing the mantle on to Francisco Navidad but with the decline in Queenstown's population "Cisco" took the tough decision to close the Paragon in 2014 and put the property back on the market. In July 2017 we begin our journey to return this gem of Queenstown's history into a thriving entertainment venue for locals and visitors to enjoy once again.
Joy Chappell & Anthony Coulson
The Paragon Theatre
11 McNamara St, Queenstown Tasmania 7467