The World's Oldest Operating Theatre
Date of Record: 09/12/1916
The Sun Pictures building in Broome's Chinatown was constructed at the turn of the century on a site owned by the Yamsaki family.
In 1913, Master Pearler Ted Hunter purchased the building from the Yamasaki family and commissioned architect Claude Hawkes, to design and construct a picture theatre that would seat up to 500 people.
Sun Pictures officially opened on December 9th 1916 with a silent movie, English Racing Drama "Kissing Cup" with supporting "Bachelor Brown" Comic.
If the walls could talk, Sun Pictures would be a veritable encyclopaedia of facts about Broome's residents, their children, their indiscretions, their problems and their dreams. Saturday nights were "picher nights" for Broome's teenagers, and the theatre at times became quite a child care centre with the lessee's car known as the "kindergarten express", returning many youngsters home after movie screenings.
In March 2002 Sun Pictures became part of a larger cinema group with the opening of Sun Cinemas only two blocks away in Broomes' commercial precinct and remains the world's oldest operating theatre to date.
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