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Alpha Loft - First silent movie theatre

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property



Located at the rear of 63-65 Vincent Street, the main street of Daylesford, this unique loft space is created from the dress circle of the first silent movie theatre outside Melbourne. The loft has undergone a meticulous conversion to a luxury pad in the centre of Daylesford

The loft looks up to the Wombat Botanical Gardens and is only steps away from all the cafes, restaurants and shops in the main street of Daylesford.

Once inside, the loft occupies the full 33 foot width of the building. On the entry level there is a bathroom with separate shower, toilet and a two-person relaxation bath. Stairs lead up to the main space, where the integrity of the dress circle of the old theatre has been maintained. Two mezzanines contain separate living and sleeping quarters. With high ceilings and views out over the town and up to Wombat Gardens, it is a unique centrally located, yet tranquil space.

On the higher level, there is a fully equipped kitchen (Miele dishwasher, microwave, gas cook top and electric oven), dual fridge/freezer refrigerator, dining area for 7 and two relaxing leather lounges in front of a cosy gas log fire. French doors lead onto a deck that spans the full width of the building, with a French iron and marble top table for outdoor eating and magnificent tranquil views high up over the town. From either side of the deck you can see the Town Hall and Post Office, Frangos & Frangos and across the rooftops of the main street and the town. Blinds have been installed on the windows in the bedroom and living area.

Back inside and looking towards the main street, dual stairways lead down from the lounge/dining/kitchen space to the main sleeping area, with a king size carved 4-poster bed, chandeliers, French armoire, two down-filled couches and a ‘reverse library’ and wardrobe area tucked away in what used to be the front balcony area of the theatre.

Five of the windows have the original wooden canopies that define the building as Art Deco with a hint of Art Nouveau. These frame views of the town that look like pictures!

People say that with the tranquil outlook, you would not know the main street is only steps away down the small lane beside the old pub next door and Cellarbrations. There is easy parking at the rear entry to the Loft via Duke Street, and cafes, restaurants and shopping are only steps away. Lake Daylesford and the Lake House Restaurant and in the other direction, Perfect Drop and the Daylesford Hotel are within a nice walk - which means you can enjoy a night out without having to drive!

The loft comes equipped with lovely linen, towels and bedding.

We hope you enjoy your stay with us!


Rates displayed are indicative only and will vary depending on the dates of your stay, the number of guests and the duration. Public Holidays and Long Weekends may incur 3-4 night minimum stays.

The nightly rate quoted above is based on a 2-night midweek stay at full house rates. 1-night stays are also available. Please enquire for confirmation of rates.

Check-in: 3pm; Check-out: midday.

Weekend nights are Thurs/Fri, Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun.

Midweek nights are Sun through to Thurs.


The building that fronts the main street, was named Alpha Hall and built in 1915 by Mr. Weir. It had Weir’s Draper’s Shop at street level onto Vincent Street and the silent movie theatre occupied the first floor and dress circle. In 1915, the movie theatre was accessed from bluestone steps on the site of what is now the bakery next door. The roof of the dress circle used to open up to enable movie viewing under the stars on a hot night. As was common for silent movie theatres at the time, the projection box was attached at the rear in case the film caught fire, as happened in the movie Cinema Paradiso. This is where we now have a lovely deck that spans the whole building.

Today, on the rear wall of the outside deck of the loft, the movie projection slots have been left for you to imagine how it was when films were shown all the way to the front wall on the main street. To commemorate this, a mural in Upstairs at Alpha, one of two shops accessed from the main street, depicts silent movie stars of the day and a picture of how the theatre looked with its wooden seats. The former Weir’s Draper Shop is now occupied by Clayfire Gallery. Going inside these two shops will give you an idea of the spaces created in 1915.

The story goes that Alpha Hall flourished as a silent movie theatre for about a decade until talking movies overtook the silent movie industry. Rumour has it that the owner of the Rex, which opened in 1927 a few doors down the street, struck a deal that Alpha Hall would not show talking movies. The Rex took over and the old theatre slowly met its end as silent movies were overtaken by the talkies. When bought by the current owner in 1989, it had been used for various things including dances, boxing, roller skating and had then become a store room for junk. Int the 1990s it was an art gallery and coffee house (with the first cappuccino machine in all of Daylesford!) and it even had a few seasons of silent movies and some sit-down dinners for 60 people with a show.

Over the years, a front veranda was added and the dress circle underwent renovation into a separate loft. Alpha Loft is accessed from the car park at the rear which is off laneways from Duke Street. It is a fully self-contained space on multiple levels, accessed from wooden stairs that lead from the rear deck and car park.

More Details

Daylesford Getaways
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018


Daylesford Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • forests
  • winery tours


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Alpha Loft - First silent movie theatre
average rating of 3.0 based on 3 reviews
Moonee Ponds

Spacious, comfortable and quiet property

  • 1 of 5

Alpha Loft is in a great location, a minutes walk and you are on Vincent St, but you can't hear any noise from the street or restaurants close by when you are inside Alpha Loft. And there are a nice selection of eating places to choose from. A very relaxing and comfortable property with all the amenities you could possibly need. Alpha Loft will definitely be our first choice of stay when we next visit Daylesford.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

A lovely place

  • 4 of 5

We had a very nice 2 nights at Alpha Loft. It's right in the center of town, but rear facing, so there's no noise and it's still very private. The rooms are well lit, spacious and the kitchen has more than everything you could possibly want for a weekend away. Everything was clean and the linen was good.

The only negatives are the lack of curtains which means there's not much chance for a sleep in, and the bathroom and bedroom aren't on the same level which might not suit some mobility impaired folks.

Overall, very good stay, would happily book again.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Belle, Thank you so much for your feedback! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay. The owners would also like to thank you for your feedback and confirm that blinds have now been installed on the windows in the living area. We look forward to welcoming you back to Alpha Loft soon.
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Very spacious

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Alpha Loft a lot. Well appointed and very clean. My main criticism was that the windows had no curtains, which meant I was awakened by the sun up at 7:00am on both mornings. Also, for that price I would have expected Wi-Fi.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gary, Thank you very much for staying at Alpha Loft and your feedback regarding your stay. It is very much appreciated! I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We have shared your feedback with the property owner who would also like to thank you. We are sorry to hear that you were woken up early. There are 2 blockout blinds on the bedroom windows and other windows in the living area which are a long way from the bed and have art deco screens from 1915 when the building was built. Unfortunately we don’t offer Wi-Fi at Alpha Loft. This is because it is free at many of the cafes in the main street just down the lane and at the library. Thanks again for your valued feedback, Gary. We look forward to welcoming you back to beautiful Alpha Loft and Daylesford soon.
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ideal location in town


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.