The architect’s imagined version of the building. Image – Conrad Gargett
  • Plans to transform Old Burleigh Theatre have been approved
  • Weiya Holdings are gearing up to take on the project
  • The historical building will soon be topped with 30 luxury apartments

Oh if walls could talk, Old Burleigh Theatre would have quite the story to tell.

Built in the 1930s, the once popular cinema and dance hall was recently saved from the brink of demolition by public outcry. The theatre is now set for a multi-million-dollar transformation.

The iconic building in Gold Coast’s Burleigh Heads will soon boast luxury apartments in a mere three months.

The project will be the Gold Coast’s first-ever adaptive re-use of a building with heritage elements, after receiving approval from the council last month.

Sydney-based Weiya Holdings are behind the residential transformation.

“We are extremely excited to have received the green light from the council for the redevelopment of the Old Burleigh Theatre and are looking forward to bringing this innovative project to Burleigh Heads very soon.”

Wei Wang, Weiya Holdings Managing Director 

The residential tower will be named ‘De-Luxe’ in a nod to the building’s history as a Delux Cinema.

The old building will form the base of the residential tower, comprising 30 luxury apartments. The majority of these will boast sweeping views across Burleigh Beach and north to Surfers Paradise.

Recognising the history of the cinema was a focal point of the development’s design. Brisbane-based architects from Conrad Gargettone were enlisted to curate the design recognising the site’s significance through the integration of its historical architecture.

An undated snap of the De Luxe Theatre. Image – Johanna Kijas, City of Gold Coast

“It’s an exceptionally unique project, unlike anything ever seen on the Gold Coast,” said Conrad Gargett director John Flynn.

“The adaptive reuse of heritage elements aligns De-Luxe’s design approach with matured planning schemes employed across some of the world’s biggest cities, which is an incredible accolade to be bringing to Burleigh.

“It’s difficult to get the cohesion between historic architecture and modern amenity just right, but I believe it’s a balance we’ve managed to strike with the design of De-Luxe.”

John Flynn, Conrad Gargett director

Retail shops and modern cafes will foot the 14-storey tower.

“It’s been a long road to get here but we are extremely grateful for the feedback from community that allowed us to devise a truly unique design that maintains that connection to the community while providing sought-after residences on one of the Gold Coasts’ most coveted beachfronts,” said Mr Wang.

Weiya Holdings offered the opportunity for community members to provide input and comment through their consultation period.

“We listened carefully to what the community wanted from the redevelopment and utilised those recommendations to guide the design we submitted to the council, which will see the iconic façade of the Old Burleigh Theatre retained in the transformative redevelopment,” said Mr Wang.

Fragments of the site’s rich history will be woven throughout the remodelled structure, including various models highlighting the many phases of the building’s life, motion picture and images detailing the theatre’s journey.

“Receiving council approval is a strong indication that this project aligns with the progressive vision for the Burleigh Heads area, while preserving a cultural icon of the community for decades to come.”

Wei Wang, Weiya Holdings Managing Director 

Patrick Pancur, Sales and Marketing Manager from Weiya Holdings has been appointed to market the project.

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