8mm projector, Community Centre, NanKivell Park, Saunders Beach, Saunders Beach Progress Association, Volunteers
The beautiful tropical evenings we enjoy at Saunders Beach provided a perfect backdrop for Cinema Under the Stars.
Saunders Beach Progress Association (forerunner of today’s Community Centre) always had a keen eye on including fun events – the kids were never forgotten. In the early eighties a group of volunteers found a novel way to give the young people of Saunders Beach something to do on a Friday night. They showed General Exhibition movies on a big screen in NanKivell Park. https://saundersbeachhistoryproject.com/2015/06/02/pioneers-2/ The big screen was double bed sheet strung between two trees. One of the volunteers had connections which enabled her to borrow movies and an 8mm projector. A household near the park provided free electricity. https://www.google.com.au/search?q=8mm+movie+projector&biw=1366&bih=673&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=zzWPVYrUHM7e8AW15qaYBA&sqi=2&ved=0CGYQsAQ&dpr=1 Admission was fifty cents and the volunteers sold chips and drinks out of eskys. All takings went to aid the Saunders Beach Progress Association.
A version of this post featured in the spring 2014 edition of the Beach Banter. The Beach Banter is the newsletter of the Saunders Beach Community Centre Inc.
I hope to go to the Sun Theatre while I’m in Broome and enjoy movies under the stars. Deck chairs are provided here though unlike when I was a kid camping at Balnarring Beach in Vic with my family when you took your own chair and blanket.
Thank you for your comment. I didn’t live in Saunders Beach to see the movies under the stars – I would have liked to have gone (even though I wasn’t in the correct age group). ‘Sun Theatre’ is a great name for the outdoor cinema in Broome. I’ll look forward to your post from there.