Specialty Group Pty Ltd  announces that its Specialty Theatre division has supplied stage curtains and a new cinema screen to the recently restored Rex Theatre in Charlton, Victoria.

Featuring an Art Deco style, the historically significant and iconic Rex Theatre was built in 1938, and has been an important community asset for generations of locals and visitors. The Rex is currently run by a community group called the Charlton Community Theatre Board (CCT), which is mostly funded by generous locals and much of the work in the theatre is achieved with volunteer support.

The restoration project was necessitated by the floods that hit Charlton in January 2011 when the Avoca River inundated the town. The flooded buildings included the Rex theatre.

Funds were raised to begin the restoration work on the Rex so that it could be re-opened at the earliest. Specialty Theatre was contacted by the CCT for the supply of a new plush velvet festoon front-of-house curtain. This curtain fits beautifully with the Art Deco style of the Rex.

Specialty Theatre also provided new black wool theatre fabric border curtains, new wool leg curtains and new plush velvet curtains complete with a decorative gold trim for the auditorium entry.

Specialty Theatre collaborated with Edge Digital Technology Pty Ltd to install a new cinema screen as well as surround and rear wall speakers. These features allow the theatre to be used as a cinema as well as a live performance space for local groups or visiting artists.

Grant Gaylor, Sales and Project Coordinator at Specialty Theatre says that the company is thrilled to be involved with the repairs and restoration of the Rex theatre, which has been a cornerstone of the local community for over 70 years.

A grand re-opening for the Rex will take place on Saturday, 21 April, 2012.