### ODT Online Tue, 11 Jan 2011
By Nigel Benson
Much has changed since English actor Sir Peter Ustinov marvelled at the Regent Theatre in 1990 and asked, “Can I take it with me?” In the past 20 years, theatre technology has gone from stone age to space age, as audiences have become increasingly sophisticated and productions have had to meet greater expectations. Otago’s premiere performance spaces, the Regent and Dunedin Town Hall, have been allowed to deteriorate to the point backstage technicians say they are dangerous to operate in.
When it was built in 1928, the Regent [Theatre] was the biggest and best entertainment venue in New Zealand. But, in recent years, only the annual Regent 24-Hour Book Sale has kept its head above water. The Regent Theatre Trust finally appealed for help from the building’s owner, the DCC, this year and was rewarded with a $4.7 million upgrade which will belatedly drag the theatre into the 21st century.
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