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Star Cinema, Eaglehawk Town Hall

Architect: Wilkinson and Permewan, 1901

Eaglehawk | BEN19

Building Description

The first move for a “New Town Hall” was made in June 1897 and the present building replaced the earlier building and was opened on 14 August 1901 by the Mayor, Cr George Loudon. The architects were the Melbourne firm of Wilkinson and Permewan. As a much larger and more sumptuous building of brick and stone featuring a central clock tower, the new hall reflected prevailing architectural fashion and was a remarkable investment for a town consisting predominantly of poor mining families. The condition of the town hall is substantially as built. The design is almost identical to the Castlemaine Town Hall. Today you can climb the staircase to view the council chamber, the committee room, and mayor’s private room, all of which are handsomely furnished. Portraits of the former mayors and a collage of early pioneers grace these walls. Cinema has played a major part of this building for almost 100 years. The original cinema, known as Star Pictures began operating in the early part of the last century, however, like many cinemas, it closed in the 1960s due to the popularity of the recently introduced medium of television. Star Cinema utilises the original projection room and ticket booth that were functioning in the first half of the 20th century.

What's On

View the stately foyer and the grand decommissioned Borough of Eaglehawk council chambers complete with original antique furniture and mayoral portraits. In addition, there will be limited access to the original projection room outside of films screening times. For screening information visit, www.starcinema.org.au. Members of the Eaglehawk Heritage Society will host talks about the Town Hall and other civic buildings in the vicinity in the council chamber at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sunday 27 October 10am-4pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided + Open Entry, Self-guided

  • Tour Details: Talks at 11am, 1pm, 3pm in the old council chambers on level 1.

  • Access: Limited mobility. All ages

  • Notes: Toilets available. Level 1 only accessible via a staircase. There is unrestricted street parking nearby.

  • Kids Activity: Mayor for a Moment! Children are welcome to sit in the Mayoral chair for photographs.

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Architecture Era: Victorian (1851-1901)

  • Transport: Bus route 52 or 53 from Bendigo Station to Eaglehawk Rd stop. Receive 15% off GoGet with the code OHM15, see Top Tips For A Great Weekend page for more details.

  • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Star Cinema

Location

2 Peg Leg Road, Eaglehawk Victoria 3556, Eaglehawk VIC

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