Roxy Theatre turned 80

July 6, 2016

The Roxy Theatre this year turned 80 and to celebrating the milestone, a Birthday Ball was held on Saturday, July 2. After enjoying the day’s activities at the Orange Festival, visitors and locals dressed up for the evening’s celebrations.

This year’s theme was Gods, Stars and Hero’s paying tribute to the stars of the silver screen, as well as Greece’s rich mythology.

Drawing a large crowd to the event, the Birthday Ball saw Alex Stones crowned Belle of the Ball, Georgina Sinclair Matron of the Ball & Peter and Lenore Kennedy Best dressed couple.

Special guest, Peter Prineas OAM, attended the event and addressed the crowd, thanking the former Premier Bob Carr who provided the original funding for the refurbishment of the Roxy Theatre.

“We are extremely grateful for all the work that former Premier Bob Carr did, in order to restore the cinemas to their former glory,” Mr Pancurst said.

Peter Prinease OAM along with Bingara local Nancy MacInnes, together cut the birthday cake to officially celebrate the 80th birthday of the Roxy Theatre.

There was plenty of entertainment provided for the evening festivities including Costa performing for the crowd, getting into the spirit of the evening.

There was also a traditional dance troupe, the Kytherian Association of Greek Dancers. These dancers proudly performed a range of Kytherian dances in traditional costumes.

Ha Va La, who are based in Brisbane, also travelled down for the Ball to entertain guests. They were led by Dimitrios Prineas on bouzouki and vocals, Giorgos Karonis played the percussions and drums, Giorgos Gaydov on the clarinet and sax and Jose Alturo Vides played the violin and trumpet.

Pink Zinc from Byron Bay also travelled from the coast to provide a variety of music for the ball. Covering rock, pop, funk and soul music, the band got the guests up onto the dance floor to boogie the night away.

Nancy McDonald was the MC for the evening and the Roxy Theatre’s 80th Birthday Ball was widely enjoyed by all who attended.