Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Queenstown Art Deco - The Paragon Theatre
The former Queenstown Picture Theater has been bought back from the dead. Since its original use as a Theater it was used in many ways such as an indoor cricket ground. Whilst I walked around the grand space in the day time, the owner told me how the walls were painted a vivid green and that the roof had caved in when he had originally bought it!
The hours of work and effort have paid off and a grand transformation has since occurred. The moment you enter through and up the grand period staircase the views of the Theatre room are immense and dramatic - a massive space in terms of the sheer height and width of the venue.
The owner tells me that the the marble floor stone work design that he has installed was influenced from the Chrysler Building, another Art Deco gem, and as you look to the ground and view the lines and geometric angles it certainly leaves an impression.
The feel of the place is one that just has to be experienced - sofas and couches that are so comfortable you could fall asleep in them if it wasn't for the entertainment of the movies screening, and it beats any lure of a city cinema trying to entice people in with special deals and the like. To experience the Paragon is the experience.
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