MEGA GALLERY: Heritage restoration of Regent’s old world charm

Albury’s second oldest building will receive a $475,000 facelift to help keep its heritage charm alive into the future.

Originally built in 1926, Albury’s Regent Cinema Centre will remain open throughout the external upgrade. 

Cromwell Property Group purchased the building in 2004 with asset services manager Oscar Nowak saying all four walls would be repainted and with superficial hairline cracks restored. 

Mr Nowak said the restoration was about upkeep and protecting the building into the future, not a sign of any faults. 

“The Regent Cinema Centre is the second oldest building in Albury and one of the most prominent landmarks,” he said. 

“It is important to retain such a rich part of the region’s history.”

Cromwell, with Jason Smith Construction, will revive the facade and return the original paintwork.

Mr Nowak said the colour scheme was approved by heritage-architect Noel Thomson. 

“We’re taking the time to paint the building now so it can last another 100-odd years,” he said.

“The paint itself was last applied about 15 years ago and it’s a rubber-based paint with a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years, it’s coming to the end of its life, hence why we’re reapplying it.

“It’s an important to us to invest in the community and our local tenants.”

The project will be complete by the end of February.

Mr Nowak said the facility was a vital entertainment asset for Albury-Wodonga, being the only cinema for 65-kilometres.