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Explore iconic Paragon Theatre for Childers Festival

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Childers Main Street features beautiful heritage buildings including the stunning Paragon Theatre.

The opportunity to tour Paragon Theatre will be part of the Childers Festival this week, allowing participants to explore the popular venue's interesting history.

Originally Gee's Hall in 1908, The Paragon was converted to a theatre in 1927.

It offers classic films, live shows, group packages, private hires and an espresso bar.

Owner of the Paragon Merissa Craft said the tour of the heritage-listed building would be held on Saturday, 24 July at 10.45am.

“On the tour we go behind the screen to see the dressing room, upstairs into the projection room and I have a slideshow of original photos that we watch,” she said.

“I will discuss the history of the building from as far back as 1896 as well as my family ties and different stories along the way.

“I also have a couple of little surprises for guests on the day.”

The tour also includes an iconic postcard and your choice between a beverage from the espresso bar or an award-winning Mammino Gourmet Ice Cream, which are handmade locally by Merissa’s parents.

Merissa said the Paragon Theatre was an iconic building steeped in history and prior to her ownership, had been operated by her grandparents for almost 60 years.

“Before it was converted to a theatre in 1927 it had a second level that was used for roller skating and ballroom dancing,” she said.

“The Prime Minister of Australia held a meeting in the theatre in the 1940s.

“There is not a single building the same as it in the world.”

Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased here.

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