Star-studded double opening of theatre and film

A spectacular red carpet event will usher in the re-opening of the cinema in Dungog’s heritage James Theatre on June 16.

The launch of the locally made film Bathing Franky is expected to show to full houses not seen since the screening of Tomorrow when the War Began, also made locally.

Australian stars of the movie, Henry Szeps, Maria Venuti and the lead actor Shaun Goss will attend along with the producer Michael Winchester, producer/director Owen Elliot and other members of the crew.

Ticket-holders will be invited to the pre-movie cocktail party.

After the film a question and answer/interview session with principal cast/director/producer/writer on stage will be held, to be moderated by local identity and irrepressible film buff, John O’Brien.

Chair of the community group Friends of the James Theatre Lisa Connors is delighted to have such a stunning way of opening the cinema again.

“Since the previous operators of the cinema ceased operations, the Friends have been working tirelessly to upgrade and re-equip the cinema ready for such a re-opening.”

So far the group has planned some vital upgrades like the incorporation of a food preparation area and painting of the facade and foyer.

For this last they have already achieved a grant, and further grants are in the offing.

The building was constructed between 1914 and 1930, in classic style to accommodate not only cinema presentations, but also the staging of everything from drama to musicals and from balls to weddings.

“We hope to eventually bring the Theatre back to its former life as a centre of community life and entertainment,” Lisa said.

“But the change which will catapult the cinema into the 21st century is the acquisition of digital cinema projection equipment, which was achieved with the help of Dungog Shire Council.

“We will be able to show any film in the world now, the only exceptions being very old movies, not digitised, and 3Ds.”

The glittering night in Dungog will show off the new equipment, welcome the advent of a film featuring Dungog scenes and citizens and celebrate the coming to life of the oldest purpose-built cinema in Australia.

Plans are also underway for the re-commencement of regular screenings in the cinema, but that may take a little longer, Lisa said.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by phoning Liz Hughes on 4992 3825.

For further information please contact Lisa Connors at [email protected]苏州美甲培训学校.

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