Sun Pictures

8 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

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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).

davidcoppock on May 30, 2017 at 2:28 am

There will be 100th birthday celebrations sometime in July this year(exact date unknown as let?)!!

davidcoppock on July 7, 2017 at 11:37 am

The 100th birthday celebrations will on 26/8/2017, details on the Sun Pictures website.

davidcoppock on July 14, 2017 at 2:45 am

There will be some Walk of fame plaques unvaled in front of the Sun Pictures building on 26/8/2017 at 4.00pm before the main celebrations from 7.30pm to midnight.

davidcoppock on August 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

Address is 8 Carnarvon street, Broome.

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