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
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
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
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
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
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
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
davidcoppock on August 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

Address is 8 Carnarvon street, Broome.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on February 2, 2018 at 8:54 am

Sun Pictures appears in the last 4 pages of the childrens book “Looking for Bobby”(Kerry Anne Jordinson).

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on June 16, 2018 at 6:42 am

The first sound movie shown here was “Monte Carlo”(made in 1930) in 1933. Sun Pictures may be the only picture theatre in tne World to get(tidal?) flooding outside the theatre building?

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on June 18, 2018 at 3:54 am

No flooding anymore, since the levees were built in Broome(1980’s?).

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