COVID-19 VIRUS – A LETTER TO MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY from Russell Anderson, National President of the Cinema Pioneers.

To all Australian Cinema Pioneers Members, The National Executive Committee and I send you this message of concern and support during the difficult time of the coronavirus crisis. In the first place we wish for health and strength for all of our members, especially those of you who are among the most vulnerable. The virus…

NEW BOOK DOCUMENTS EARLY CINEMA HISTORY IN THE WEST

West Australian Cinema Pioneer member, Daryl Binning has written and produced a wonderful new book that will be highly prized by everyone interested in the early history of Australian cinema exhibition in the West. This extensively researched and indexed book is quite substantial with 382 pages on semi-gloss stock with a folded soft cover. It…

PIONEERS PASS IN TASMANIA

Tasmanian Branch President, Yurik Czyz has advised us of some updates to venues in Tasmania which accept the Cinema Pioneers Photo-ID Card. Following several discussions Yurik is pleased to advise that independent Star Theatre in Launceston has agreed to accept our Cinema Pioneer Card for complimentary admissions effective immediately. The Star Theatre is a fine…

VALE – BRUCE LEONARD – CINEMA PIONEER

Friends and colleagues are mourning Bruce Leonard as a passionate and committed stalwart of the Australian cinema industry. Leonard, who died at his Sydney home last Wednesday, aged 75, dedicated a large part of his life to the Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers and the Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society (MPIBS) as national secretary/treasurer of…

Theatre Lives Again

The Art-Deco Star Theatre at Invermay (Launceston) has served as a Vinnie’s (St. Vincent De Paul) store since 1969, but is now being remodelled to reopen as an Arthouse cinema complete with eatery and micro-brewery. Work has been underway since April 2017, and there are hopes to have the historic theatre operational before Christmas 2017.