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Movies make a welcome return to CBD with Civic Cinema

It certainly does seem odd that Newcastle, the second-largest city in New South Wales has, for two years, been without a cinema in its CBD.

Well, that’s all about to change thanks to a 7.6 metre-wide movie screen which has just been installed in the main auditorium of the Civic Theatre.

It’s a case of going back to where it all began for the iconic theatre which opened in 1929 and, while initially designed as a live theatre, was leased as a cinema for the next 45 years.

And it’s also great news for Novocastrian cinemagoers who have not had an inner-city movie house to frequent since the closure of Tower Cinemas in 2018.

“After a period where COVID-19 has had such a devastating impact, it’s wonderful that through adding regular film screenings to our Civic Theatre program, we can take this positive step in our city’s journey towards recovery, and provide a boost to surrounding local businesses by attracting more people into the Civic precinct,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

A long line of movie-goers forms at the front of Civic Theatre. Civic Theatre operated as a Cinema soon after its opening in 1929 until the 1970s.

The program for this month, which kicks off on Thursday 17 September, features an eclectic array of recent release big-screen fare. Check it out below.

Thursday 17 September 7pm – Capone (MA15+)
Friday 18 September 7pm – Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars (PG)
Wednesday 23 September 2pm – Love Sarah (M)
Thursday 24 September 7pm – Shazaam (M)
Friday 25 September 7pm – The Personal History Of David Copperfield (PG)
Monday 28 September 2pm – The Lion King (PG)
Tuesday 29 September 2pm – Frozen 2 (PG)
Wednesday 30 September 2pm – Ride Like A Girl (PG)

“Our new program features a variety of films that appeal to people of all ages and tastes, such as recent release features, documentaries, theatre productions and children’s films during the school holidays,” Civic Theatre Manager Leonie Wallace said.

“We’re also working on securing shows to return to the Civic Theatre stage with the venue’s audience capacity lifted to 500 people from next month, the maximum number allowed under the current Public Health Order.”

Head here to grab your Civic Cinema tickets.