Sun Pictures

Carnarvon Street,
Broome, WA 6725

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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.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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davidcoppock on September 25, 2013 at 2:10 am

The Sun Picture Gardens appear at the begining of the Australian movie Bran Nue Dae(set in 1969),the gardens may also have appeared in the background of the Australian children’s television series Lucky Star in one or more episodes filmed at Broome!!

davidcoppock on October 24, 2013 at 2:00 am

The Sun Picture Gardens was seen briefly on the Australian tv version of Guinness Book of Records(in 2004?),mentioning it’s world record. the Picture Gardens also appeared on Postcards W.A.,and Getaway.

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