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It’s fitting that the Regent Theatre, which has one of the largest movie screens in NSW, will be used for the South Coast premiere of local coming-of-age film 1500 Steps.
The 1500-seat art deco heritage-listed building at 197 Keira Street, Wollongong, operated as a cinema for 50 years until the death of owner Rowena Milgrove in 2004.
Since 2005, the Regent Theatre has been the home of the Gateway City Church.
On Saturday, January 10, the giant screen and theatre seats will be used once again for a film. The red carpet South Coast premiere of 1500 Steps will open at 6pm. Tickets cost $12.
The film is directed by Fernhill resident and Pulse 94.1 FM manager Josh Reid, and features a number of Illawarra residents in the 92-strong cast and crew, including Sam Gillespie, playing a sports coach, as well as members of Reid’s family as extras.
Described as a cross between The Karate Kid and Chariots of Fire, 1500 Steps tells the story of 16-year-old Jonas “Jobe” O’Brien, a misfit and loner, played by Alex Fechine, who dreams of becoming a champion runner.
The premiere will be a fund-raiser for Pulse 94.1, a Coniston-based community radio station.
Reid said about 400 people turned up to the Sydney premiere on November 12 and he was excited about showing the film in his hometown at the Regent.
“It would be great to see more films being shown there, they’ve still got the big screen and the original theatre seats with the numbers on the back,” Reid said.
Tickets, information: pulse941.com.au or 4228 8941