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Inaugural Australian 70mm Festival - Film is back!

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Sam McCabe, Sun Theatre Date: 23.10.2017
To coincide with the launch of "Murder on the Orient Express" on 70mm, the Sun Theatre, Yarraville, Melbourne, Australia is hosting a whole week of 7 films on glorious 70mm.

Last year’s "The Hateful Eight" on 70mm added a spark to the kindling that is the 70mm film revival. Going on to be the most successful film in the Sun Theatre’s history, and still screening, now in its 21st month. "Dunkirk" has been another success and audience favourite, while a brand-new print was recently struck of what we think is the greatest 70mm epic of all time, "Lawrence of Arabia".

The festival will feature films new and old, classics and cult. Old style presentation is back at the sun too, with every film introduced, film programmes and intermissions on the longer films. We even have a festival pass; see all 7 films for only $100.00, or purchase individually.

All these details and more on our website, suntheatre.com.au
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The Sun's Barkly Screen in Yarraville

The Sun originally opened in 1938 and was a single screen 1050 seat cinema - the most luxurious in the area. Most Saturday's were fully booked at the Sun; both a booking office and ticket counter were used to handle the large crowds. Today's SUN BOOKSHOP was the original candy bar. Imagine the buzz on a Saturday night which regularly sold out and 1050 patrons were in the foyer. Today we seat only several hundred over 8 boutique cinemas, but, we still think our foyer gets mighty busy. Unique to the cinema was the pram room where babies in their prams were placed and given a number, if your baby started crying, your number was flashed on the screen.

During the 50's and 60's TV was the new novelty and the crowds dwindled. To satisfy the new population in Yarraville the SUN became a Greek cinema in the 60's. It was eventually closed by the Health department for unsanitary carpets! The SUN became derelict over the next twenty years until the current owners purchased it in 1995. It was in a sad state, a mecca for white ants and a roof so leaky, the plaster ceiling had caved in on the seats. Vagrants had been at it too, with squatters lighting fires to keep warm, graffiti and needles a plenty, while pilfering of much of the original art deco features had reduced her to little more than 4 brick walls.

The new owners began one of Melbourne’s most popular film societies from 1998 to 2003 which encouraged them to go all out and bring the SUN back to glory. The large auditorium has been carefully and respectfully divided into 4 cinemas and another 4 cinemas have been added over several years to some land at the rear, the side and even above. Eight stunning cinemas, all detailed in an art deco style, many with original details are now open to the public and screening the latest new release films from Hollywood, Australia and art films from around the world.

70mm screenings are held in the Barkly which has…
• 12m CinemaScope Flat Screen
• 5.1 Krix Speakers Bi-amped Stage
• Fully masked with a Stage Curtain
• 200 leather seats with individual table

Films screening as part of the festival are….

The Right Stuff [M 193’]
Friday November 3rd: 8:00pm
Monday November 6th: 3:15pm

Pink Floyd – The Wall [M 95’]
Saturday November 4th: 8:45pm
Monday November 6th: 7:15pm

Dunkirk [M 106’]
Saturday November 4th: 6:30pm
Sunday November 5th: 4:30pm

Lawrence of Arabia [PG 237’]
Sunday November 5th: 6:50pm
Tuesday November 7th: 4:30pm

The Hateful Eight [R18+ 167’]
Wednesday November 8th: 8:00pm

Hamlet [PG 124’]
Saturday November 4th: 2:00pm

Murder on The Orient Express [CTC 108’]
Thursday November 9th: 10:30am, 12:50pm, 4:15pm, 6:45pm & 9:10pm
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Updated 07-01-23