One of the grandest old dames in Childers is the Paragon Theatre – a 1920s State Heritage Listed vintage theatre.
The first films shown here were among the first to have sound. Couples on their first date who cosied up on the hessian sling chairs would be great-grandparents by now. There is certainly a lot of history here.
Owner Merissa Craft purchased the run-down theatre from her grandparents in 2007 and has been lovingly restoring the property to its former glory. What became a dormant building when modern cinemas opened in competition is now alive again, filled with live music, entertainment and shows, as well as classic and international movie screenings.
The Paragon Theatre also makes a beautiful venue for private functions, weddings, reunions and celebrations, with private and group tours of the working theatre also available.
If you want to just pop by and experience the ambiance of the 100-year-old building, the venue is also home to the Espresso Bar. Known for its delicious coffee, you will find the entire range of locally-made, award-winning Mammino Gourmet Ice Creams, as well as home-made sweet and savoury food to enjoy alfresco or in the retro-themed foyer seating.
The Paragon Theatre and Espresso Bar is open 7 days, 7.30am – 2.30pm, at 75 Churchill Street, Childers (opposite IGA)