Signs of Christmas in Brighton
It’s looking a lot like Christmas in Brighton.
From pretty decorations scattered along Church Street, to elaborate shop window displays and poinsettia floral arrangements, Christmas has well and truly arrived in Brighton’s premier shopping precinct.
We found messages of goodwill in St Andrews Church. Children have shared their prayers and words of gratitude on star-shaped decorations that hang on a Christmas tree.
Down at popular Dendy St Beach, we also spotted a particularly festive little boy.
We hope you enjoy this snapshot of Christmas in Brighton – it’s our way of documenting and spreading the festive cheer.
To all our readers, thank you for supporting Discoverist this year. We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a cheerful new year.
Discover The History Of The Prince George Theatre In Brighton
Visitors to Brighton can stand in the entrance way of the old Prince George Theatre and learn about its history.
The former cinema, which opened in 1928 and was demolished in 1968, now stands as an arcade that connects the bustling shopping precinct on Church St with supermarket Woolworths.
Two information panels featuring a collage of posters advertising films screened at the cinema are mounted to the wall in the alley way.
Onlookers may be surprised to learn that the walkway is the very entrance where the Prince George Theatre once stood.
Commonly known as the “flea pit”, the cinema was a Brighton icon and famous for screening arthouse and foreign films.
When it first opened, the theatre screened silent films and had a pianist playing music in time with the film.
According to the Brighton Historical Journal No. 169, the theatre was “one of few to have a Cremona pipe organ built in Chicago; it was 16 feet wide and with all the pipes weighed over 4 tonnes and could either be played as an organ or operated as a pianola using music rolls – the perfect accompaniment for films”.
Robert Ward decided to open the cinema because “he saw it as an opportunity to revive the old Paramount Theatre”, the journal reads.
The cinema seated 300 people upstairs in the grand lounge and the dress circle, with another 300 seats downstairs.
To compete with the rising popularity of television, the cinema installed Cinemascope and Magnetic Surround Sound about 1956, and was the first suburban theatre to adopt the technology at the time.
When cinema was booming in 1940, Ward opened the Dendy and Brighton had two successful movie theatres.
In 1963, Brighton Council (now known as Bayside City Council) acquired ownership of Prince George Theatre and it was demolished a few years later to create the carpark that faces Woolworths supermarket, as you see it today.
Palace Cinemas began operating Dendy Brighton in the early 1990s and has specialised in providing patrons with a cosy and intimate atmosphere while screening blockbuster films alongside independent titles.
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Discover the site of Prince George Theatre
Find more information at the site of the historic Prince George Theatre at the site on Church Street.
Grand vision for Brighton’s iconic Dendy St beach bathing boxes
Brighton’s iconic Dendy St beach could become an even bigger attraction, with grand plans for a precinct to be built at the foreshore.
Bayside Council has unveiled plans for a $6 million redevelopment of the popular beach area, which includes a visitor centre, cafe, public toilets , terraces and a plaza with city and beach views.
The revamp will also see the Brighton Lifesaving Club building replaced.
Initial concepts of the new beachside complex, designed by Melbourne architect firm Jackson Clements Burrows, show a neutral-coloured building that will serve as a backdrop to the vibrant bathing boxes.
Bayside Mayor Felicity Frederico said the design concept reflected community’s preference for a “natural and beachy” feel, expressed during consultation last year.
“Dendy St Beach is home to Bayside’s famous beach bathing boxes and is regularly used to market Victoria to both local and international tourism markets,” Cr Frederico said.
“(The new facility) has been designed to complement the unique landscape of Dendy St Beach and the significance of the bathing boxes.”
The council plans to fund most of the redevelopment cost by building and selling bathing boxes at the beach.
Two bathing boxes sold earlier this year for $216,000 and $220,000 and another two are expected to hit the property market at the end of the year.
Brighton Life Saving Club will contribute money towards the lifesaving components of the facility.
But financial support is required to fund the rest of the redevelopment, with council seeking state and federal government funding to make up the difference.
If funding requirements are met, construction of the new Dendy St beach facility is expected to begin in the second half of 2016.
To learn more about the project and submit your feedback on the designs, visit Bayside Council.
Young People of Bayside Art Exhibition in Brighton
Come down to Brighton during August and September, and check out the Young People of Bayside Art Exhibition.
It will showcase award winning pieces of art created by young artists between the ages of 10 and 25.
Median strip upgrade to improve Church St, Brighton
Have you noticed road works taking place on Church St in Brighton?
Bayside Council is widening the centre median strip along Church St between St Andrews and Carpenter streets.
The $300,000 upgrade will improve this section of the popular shopping precinct, with works expected to be completed by late June.
Bayside Council’s director for infrastructure services Steven White said the upgrade to the median strip on Church St would help improve pedestrian safety.
As part of the revamp, 12 new Plane trees will be planted to enhance the visual appeal of the shopping precinct.
Mr White said the works will also make the street “greener and more attractive over time”.
Other streetscaping work will include bluestone planting beds and pedestrian areas with stainless steel bollards.
Parking and lane closures:
There will not be any permanent loss of car parks however, during the period of the works there will be a temporary reduction of parking bays and some temporary closures of on-street parking in Church St to accommodate construction.
The map above shows the areas that will be affected and an indication of alternate parking arrangements in the area.
The council is working to ensure minimal interruptions to traffic flow on Church St and the works are not expected to require full road closures.
For further information about the works phone Bayside Council on (03) 9599 4444.
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in Church Street, Brighton
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea provides a great way for local communities to come together and help raise money for cancer research.
There are several places to go in Brighton and Church Street to share a cuppa with local community members, and donate to this wonderful cause.
Rylands of Brighton
When: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM– 12:00 PM
Where: 95 Outer Crescent, Middle Brighton
Are you hosting a public Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in the area? Let us know.
The 2015 Resonance Music Series celebrates orchestral music in Brighton
Featuring local and international artists performing in different venues across Bayside, The 2015 Resonance Music Series celebrates orchestral music from medieval times to today.
The event returns again this year with a new event partner, the Bayside Chamber Orchestra, plus a special concert presented by Melbourne Youth Music, featuring members of the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra.
Joined by Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust, the Early Arts Guild of Victoria and the Melbourne Composers’ League, the Resonance Music Series features an extensive program of local and international artists performing in different venues across Bayside.
From the timeless works of Mozart and Vivaldi to the more contemporary works of Grainger and Gershwin, Bayside remains a hub for early, classical and contemporary music, along with the art of historic dance and gesture.
The event will be held in different locations throughout the year across the Bayside, including:
- Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, Brighton
- Black Rock Uniting Church
- St Andrew’s by the Sea, Black Rock
- St Leonard’s Uniting Church, Brighton
- St Martin’s, Beaumaris Uniting Church, Beaumaris
- St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Brighton
- Trinity Uniting Church, Brighton
Discover parks, playgrounds and reserves in Brighton
Did you know that Bayside has about 60 parks and reserves? With so many options there really is no excuse to get outdoors, get active and enjoy nature in the local area.
Whether you’re looking to spend more time outdoors, get involved in sporting activities or enjoy a picnic with the family on the weekend, there are plenty of options in Brighton including parks, gardens and reserves.
Located at the corner of William St and Tucker Ave in Brighton is William St Reserve. The park includes a large open oval with goal posts and practice nets, making it an ideal space for sporting activities. It also has a small playground area for children.
Southwest of William St Reserve is Billilla Park, located at 26 Halifax St, Brighton. The area is bordered by a white picket fence and is home to the historic Billilla Mansion House. The park is one of Brighton’s prettiest outdoor attractions with manicured lawns, a rose garden and large fountain. It is renowned for hosting wedding ceremonies and private functions.
Located at the corner of North Rd and Cochrane St in Brighton is Kamesburgh Gardens. The grounds house a distinguished Victorian mansion, Kamesburgh, which is noteworthy for its Italian-style architecture and grandeur. The intricately-designed formal garden has become a popular choice for wedding ceremonies and special events. The buildings and the Gatehouse are private property, and the Anzac Hostel, positioned behind Anzac House, is a private residence. To find out more about access and leasing of the venue, phone council on (03) 9599 4444.
Whyte St Reserve and Playground, located on Whyte St in Brighton, offers a small open oval area ideal for kicking balls and running around. The playground has a fairly basic structure but includes slides, swings, a climber, chain ladder, and flying fox. The area also has a seat with shade from nearby trees, a drinking fountain and toilets.
Wilson Recreation Reserve and Playground, located at Middle Crescent, Brighton, has a decent open oval area ideal for ball sports and running. The playground offers a castle type structure with a slide, tunnel, steps, clock, abacus and ladders. There are also swings, a see-saw, horse springer and boat rocker.
Just a short distance from Brighton’s major activity centre is Dendy Park. Located at the corner of Dendy St and Nepean Highway, the park is one of the biggest green spaces in the area. The precinct is home to Dendy Park Tennis Club and has become a popular spot for running and walking. It also houses goal posts, practice nets and a tennis/handball practice wall for those looking to boost their exercise regimen. There are two playgrounds at the park including a large sandpit area with shade covers. The sandpit playground has a cubby, climbing areas, a big boat, and swings. The area also has barbecue facilities and a drinking tap, making it an ideal spot for families to enjoy on weekends and for social occasions.
Brighton reserves and parks
- Brighton Beach Oval, corner South and Beach roads, Brighton
- Elsternwick Park, Bent Ave, Brighton
- Ferguson St Reserve, Ferguson St, Brighton
- Hanby St Reserve and Playground, Hanby St, Brighton
- Kamesburgh Gardens, corner North Rd and Cochrane St, Brighton
- North Rd Reserve and Playground, North Rd, Brighton
- Robert C. Grieve Reserve, Burrows St, Brighton
- William St Reserve, corner William St and Tucker Ave, Brighton
- Wilson Recreation Reserve and Playground, Middle Crescent, Brighton
- Whyte St Reserve and Playground, Whyte St, Brighton
- Dendy Park, corner Dendy St and Nepean Highway, Brighton East
Dog off-leash areas in Brighton
- Brighton Beach sand and rock foreshore areas, between New St and Were St. (See Bayside Council website for restrictions)
- Dendy Street Beach foreshore areas between Keith Court and Gould St. (See Bayside Council website for restrictions)
- Middle Brighton Beach, Brighton. (See Bayside Council website for restrictions)
- Sandown St Beach, Brighton: foreshore areas, between Sandown St and Bay St
- William Street Reserve, corner William and Halifax streets, Brighton
- Dendy Park (south of the main playground, athletic field and sport club rooms) Cummins St
Art in Tune @ School House Brighton
Come down to Church St, Brighton this Sunday (April 12, 2015) to be a part of this great family day.
Artists will be showcasing original works, accompanied by live music in the beautiful gardens of the Brighton School House Cafe.