Sunday, 19 January 2014

How the World Theatre began...

THE World Theatre in Charters Towers has undergone many changes of identity since its construction in 1891. 

Back in its formative years during the gold rush era, the building housed the Australian Joint Stock Bank. 

In 1931 it became the Bank of Commerce, which was followed by the Bank of NSW from 1933. 

In 1937 Dr Woodburn Stevens paid the princely sum of £450 and turned the building into a house where he lived until 1957, when accountant Norman Dungerville bought the building and opened his firm on the premises. 

When Mr Dungerville passed away, ownership passed to his son Graham, who sold the building in 1994. 

After refurbishment and renovation, the building reopened in 1996 in its current incarnation as the World Theatre. 

The World Theatre houses three movie screens, a 660 seat Auditorium for live shows, conferences and other events and a gallery showcasing local and travelling exhibitions. 

The World Theatre appreciates the support of the Friends of the Theatre and the Charters Towers Regional Council.

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