FOR the first time in decades, you can watch movies from the ground floor of Albury's most historic cinema.
The area below the cinema one dress circle has been dubbed the Regent Lounge and it features 80 couches, including eight day beds in the front row.
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It will open to the public on Thursday night with a screening of Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Regent Cinemas general manager Kelly Davis is delighted with the improvements to the 1927 theatre which include a food and beverage hub to cater for those in the lounge.
"We have a new menu and licensed bar to take it to a new level," she said.
"People can't afford to go away as much at the moment and this is a way of getting away in your hometown and escaping for awhile.
"It's harder and harder to find new experiences in a local area and this is a new avenue where we hope to enhance the cinema experience.
"It's not just about going to a movie, it's about who you're going with and what can happen and how you enjoy it."
A ticket for two for the day bed is $60, while other seats in the lounge cost $27.
Also adding to the changes is a new 4K laser projector which brings greater crispness and brightness to the 17m x 6m RMAX screen, the largest in regional Australia.
While that is the latest technology it is surrounded by features from yesteryear.
On the landing where patrons used to queue for movie tickets there is a three-branched marble-columned lamp which had been in storage for decades.
Either side of the new box office are heavy timber doors with an original and a replica to allow for disabled access to the lounge.
Examples of the old seating are on display in the lounge and dress circle.
Outside above the Dean Street doors you will no longer see which movies are screening on the banner board.
"It's such a digital world now," Ms Davis said in explaining the reason for the change to having Regent Cinemas on that section of the facade.
"Everyone's got the app now and they get it online whether it's on The Border Mail site or our site."
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