Letter to the editor | Regent Theatre should stand alone

Mid-Western Regional Council have extended the exhibition period for the Regent Theatre development application until Friday, December 1. Plans and supporting documentation are available on Council's website.

The Regent Theatre should stand alone, as the unique Art Deco theatre, rather than be compared to, or put in competition against, other cinemas. It was never a multi-screen cinema and noone the Revive The Regent Theatre Mudgee NSW has discussed "brand new release movies" as a priority. Although, we do know that people who live in Mudgee currently leave town for such an experience, even though there is a improvised cinema at Town Hall. One might even ponder that the current cinema is lacklustre for a town of over 10,000. However Revive The Regent members are not a film group and our focus is not cinema. We are looking at what is proposed by the current DA on exhibition and providing comments before the deadline on Friday. 

Tammy Robertson highlights the very fact that The Regent is unlike any other cinema by stating that her wedding took place in the building. How many people are booking in their weddings at Hoyts multiplex cinema? Revive The Regent members consider themselves culturally aware and sensitive to the massive value of The Regent Theatre for the Mudgee community. This is a group with compassion for our social history without comprising the streetscape of our town to a 5 storey hotel.

The environmental impacts are worth seriously looking at anyone who enjoys the current streetscape in Mudgee's main street and heritage zoned area should inform themselves by reading the paperwork, rather than causing arguments online. The height increase proposed is a91% difference to the existing height limits. The car parking (or lack thereof) will have a negative impact on an already congested main route in/out of Mudgee. Sure, something happening is great but is it really worth the cost of a heritage art deco theatre?

"Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions." - Paulo Coelho

Simone Sheridan