Sun Pictures

Carnarvon Street,
Broome, WA 6725

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Sun Pictures

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The Sun Pictures opened on 9th December 1916. It is an open air cinema, with a garden setting, and was designated ‘the worlds oldest operating open air cinema’ by the Guinness Book of Records in 2004.

There is an under-cover foyer at the entrance and some seating at the rear of the cinema are also under cover. The remainder of the seating is open to the sky, as is the screen.

The cinema is located directly under the flight path of nearby Broome Airport, and this has become a unique feature of the cinema, as for many years, it has brought applause from audiences as planes fly overhead.

The Sun Pictures was Listed on the National Register in 1989. It underwent restoration in 1999/2000. The Sun Pictures operates October to April. The twin screen Sun Cinema, just a short 10 minutes walk away, and operated by the same operator, is open all year round.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

davidcoppock on April 30, 2015 at 11:07 pm

The Sun Picture Gardens was seen briefy in the television series Two men across the top near the end of the last episode in Broome.

davidcoppock on July 14, 2015 at 12:34 am

The opening film was"Kissing cup".

davidcoppock on July 31, 2015 at 12:25 am

The building the Sun Picture Gardens is in used to be a general store built and opened in(1909?).

davidcoppock on April 22, 2016 at 12:00 am

Correction – the television series was called ‘Two in the top end ’ not “two men across the top end”.

davidcoppock on December 1, 2016 at 7:24 pm

The official theatricial premiere of the Australian film Bran Nue Dae was held at Sun Pictures on 8/12/2009. The World premiere was held at the Melbourne International Film Festival(closing night) on 8/8/2009. The original building(general store) that is now Sun Pictures opened in 1903. Sun Pictures has it own page on Wikipedia.

davidcoppock on December 4, 2016 at 1:32 am

There is a book about Sun Pictures called “Reflections of The Sun” by Maria Mann released in 1991(out of print now i think?). There is also a novel set at Sun Pictures, called “Nights in the sun” by Colin Bowles.

davidcoppock on December 8, 2016 at 8:23 am

Sun Pictures is now 100 years old(9/12/16)!! It is the first outdoor theatre in the World to turn 100 years old!! There is a free movie screening(at 6.45pm, Australian Western Standard Time) of the movie “Elf” for current and past owners and the public!! Unknown if any other celebrations are planned?

davidcoppock on January 27, 2017 at 1:02 am

The other opening film was a Bachelor Brown Comic. Digital projectors were installed in 2012. Placed on the State Register of Heritage places in 1995. The store was bought in 1913 for film use by master pearler Ted Hunter.

davidcoppock on March 21, 2017 at 12:38 am

Sun Pictures appears briefly at the begining of the film “Bran Nue Dae”! There has been a stage production of Bran Nue Dae at Sun Pictues! There may have been other theatre preformances(plays, mudicials etc) at Sun Pictures?

davidcoppock on March 29, 2017 at 6:59 pm

There is an articule about Sun Pictures in todays West Australian Newspaper(Today section – pages 1 and 7).

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