Name: Roxy Theatre
Location: 114 Pine Avenue, Leeton, NSW

Located at the heart of the Walter Burley Griffin designed town of Leeton, the Roxy Theatre is a purpose-built picture theatre and community venue owned by the Leeton Shire Council, designed by the notable theatre architects Kaberry and Chard.  Opening in 1930, the theatre is a rare surviving example of a country cinema built during the heyday of movies in the first half of the 20th century and has operated continuously since its initial opening.  The Roxy Theatre is included on the NSW State Heritage Register.

Following a grant from the NSW Government Regional Cultural Fund for the revitalisation of the Roxy Theatre, the firm prepared a CMP for the theatre, provided heritage advice, prepared the Statement of Heritage Impact and negotiated with Heritage NSW to obtain approval for the upgrading of the theatre and expansion into the adjacent Sharp’s Building.  Mitigation of any impacts on heritage values was achieve via interpretation and restoration and reconstruction of the theatre and the adjacent shop buildings.  For this project, the firm worked together with WBA architects, Leeton Shire Council and a community led advisory group.

Photograph: The Roxy Theatre and War Memorial, Leeton. Source: State Library of NSW