THE spirit of Art Deco was captured for longevity by the Italian architect Virgil Cizzio when he designed the distinctive Malachi Gilmore Hall in 1937.
The opening of Oberon’s cinema and community hall in 1938 was widely reported and included this description in The Sydney Morning Herald at the time: “This is a startlingly bold design … it is one of the architectural landmarks not merely of the town, but of the whole district between the Blue Mountains and Lithgow.”
The Malachi continues to grab the attention of visitors to Oberon, looking strikingly modern and heritage in one. The venue’s refurbishment is striding ahead and the new owners, Lucy and Johnny East, have plans to return the hall to its historic use as a place to see all types of art, live performance and films.
The Malachi Gilmore Hall will open its doors in October for a weekend of activities with something for everyone. The Malachi Revival is a creative way to experience heritage and have a great time while collecting the tales and pictures of its past glory days.
The spirit of the Jazz Age will be alive and well at the six events held over two days, October 20 and 21. The master of ceremonies for the Revival will be Mister Darcy Cheesewright and his right-hand woman, Millicent.
The program and tickets for each event are available at the Malachi on Saturdays, the Oberon Visitors Centre every day and the Long Arm Café on Thursday to Mondays. Online ticket sales and registration for free events is at www.themalachirevival.eventbrite.com.au. The program is also on Facebook @oberonliveprojects.