The Blyth Cinema was established in May 2005 in Blyth (Pop. 400) by a local community group to bring a city quality cinematic experience to residents and visitors of the Clare Valley region and beyond (target population 8,000). Investment was made in the highest quality 5.1 dolby surround sound (Tannoy speakers) and DVD equipment (Sim Domino 30) and purchased acoustic curtaining, constructed an angled floor and new toilets. A new candy bar provides treats, complete with popcorn & jaffas! Quality seating was purchased for 110 persons. The room is 12 metres long by 9 metres wide whilst the throw from projector to wall is 7 metres, giving an optimum (for audience comfort) screen width of 5.4 metres. The building is fully air-conditioned.
Movies are normally screened every Friday and Saturday evenings (a new movie is screened each Saturday, and that movie is repeated the following Friday), but we are happy to cater for group bookings at other times (eg on a week day or week night).
If the group is happy to view either of the 2 current weekend movies at a mid week screening, we have an approx. limit of 25 persons. If the group request a movie of their choosing (subject to availability), we have a minimum of approx. 40 (numbers are negotiable). The cinema needs 2-3 weeks notice to arrange for a requested movie to be sent from the distributor.
The Cinema has had about 10,000 persons through in its first 2 years. Approx 27 volunteers man the screenings on a roster system. The Cinema has had many groups through, from Probus, Rotary Car & Seniors Clubs to schools and general interest groups. The local Blyth Croquet Club can supply a morning tea of a quality that only country cooks can provide, and many groups enjoy lunch at the Blyth Hotel before or after a movie.
This is one of the few Cinemas in Australia, perhaps the only one, where your group can choose the time you'd like to see a movie on the big screen, and you can even suggest the movie you'd like to see.
In 2007, the Cinema took out the inaugural Emu Award for "having a go", awarded from applicants in a region stretching from Brinkworth to Virginia in South Australia.
In 2008, the Cinema was named the Westpac Community Idol 2008. From hundreds of entrants Australia
wide the Cinema was selected in the final three. Ian Roberts (the Cinema Chair) travelled to the Communities
in Control conference in Melbourne on 16 and 17 June and presented a 10 minute talk and slide show
in front of the 1500 delegates to give the Cinema's story. After voting by the delegates the Cinema
was announced as the 2008 Idol winner. See all the details at the Our Communities website at : http://www.ourcommunity.com.au,
then select the Comunities in Control tab.
- Adults | $10.00
- Concession/students | $7.50
- Children under 14 | $5.00
- Family (2+2) | $25.00
- Extra children | $2.50
- 15 Moore Street,
- SA, 5462
Enquiries & Bookings:
- Ph 8844 5175 | between 10-5pm weekdays | 2-5pm Saturday
- email Ian Roberts