Elizabeth Picture Theatre
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Elizabeth Picture Theatre

The adaptive re-use of the culturally significant former Irish Club heritage building. The proposal seeks to restore and breathe new life into the building, by recalling to the city an authentic cinema going experience to a place of special heritage value, enabling greater access to its beautiful heritage interior to the public.

01. Heritage

The Irish Club has been a landmark in Brisbane since the 1800s.

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The building is on the Queensland Heritage Register, both for its colonial facade and the vaulting interiors of Tara Hall. After the sale of the building in 2015, our client sought to breathe new life into through opening up the building as a public cinema.

02. 3D Laser Scanning

JDA used laser scan technology to ensure that the building was correctly documented, and its heritage preserved.

03. Design Process

The proposal seeks to restore and breathe new life into the building, by recalling to the city an authentic cinema going experience to a place of special heritage value, enabling greater access to its beautiful heritage interior to the public.

Being a heritage building in the city with few external walls, getting light into new common spaces proved particularly difficult. The original arches of the facade were uncovered and exposed harking back to the classic era of cinema design and allowing much needed natural light into the lobby. These arches were then referenced further by opening up arches in the street awning so that pedestrians could look up and appreciate the facade from the footpath.

04. Outcome

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