Sun Pictures to celebrate 100 years Aug 26

Written on the 31 July 2017

Sun Pictures to celebrate 100 years Aug 26

This is the 100th Anniversary year of the historic Sun Picture Theatre in Broome. If the walls or floorboards could talk, imagine what they would say 100 years later.

For Sun Pictures it has been a long journey. Surviving tidal floods, World War II, cyclones and the surge of television and video entertainment, it was recognised by the Guinness World Records in 2004.

Built at the turn of the century in the heart of Broome's Chinatown, the building originally served as an Asian Emporium and Japanese playhouse. In 1913, the building was purchased by master pearler Ted Hunter.

Sun Pictures opened 9 December 1916 with its marble soda fountain, confectionary bar, cane and deck chair seating, it was the era of silent movies and the entertainment was presented complete with an accompanying pianist. The 'picture garden' quickly became the central place for entertainment and social meeting in Broome.

In 1924 Sun Pictures changed hands but continued to run as a cinema until then owners William Henry Milner Harry and Rupert Leonard Knight were forcibly evacuated two days before Japanese Zeros bombed Broome in March 1942.

Sun Picture Gardens was bought by Mr and Mrs Walter James Anderson in 1948 who continued the tradition of screening films until they sold the theatre to master pearler Alfred Morgan and his wife Ruby in 1953. Local identities Peter & Jean Haynes managed the theatre for them for 28 years. In 1982 Lord Alistair McAlpine became the new owner. A succession of managers followed until 1988, when Tony Hutchinson and Marisa Ferraz purchased the theatre. In 1997 Marisa Ferraz became the sole owner. In 2000, husband Ross de Wit joined her and continued the care of this Australian icon.

In tribute of this 100 year milestone, the World's Oldest Operating Picture Gardens will be unveiling pavement plaques in Carnarvon Street in front of the theatre, commemorating the history of Sun Pictures. An initiative supported by the Chinatown Revitalisation Project and the Shire of Broome. Everyone is invited to be there and see the Sun Pictures walk of fame unveiled.

This is one sun which will never set!

UNVEILING: 4.00pm this is a FREE event Sun Pictures, Chinatown Broome Saturday 26 August 2017
This important cinematic event will be celebrated by tributes to characters, stories and music, all of which have played a part in creating the colourful dynamic journey of this universal icon the same evening.

TICKETS: $75.00 includes; supper & entertainment. Cash bar available.
FESTIVITIES: 7.30pm to midnight ticketed event Sun Pictures, Chinatown Broome

For media enquiries contact: Gina Church 0409 299 220

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