JAMES THEATRE – Dungog
The James Theatre, also known as The Dungog Cinema, is the oldest purpose-built cinema still operating in Australia! But it is much more than that. The James Theatre is a multi-purpose facility hosting films, live performances, dance and film classes and is available for private functions, weddings, educational purposes and events. It is owned by the Dungog Shire Council and its day to day operation is managed by the James Theatre Committee.
Donations: The Theatre is a large, grand and very old lady. Donations are welcome to assist with restoration and maintenance and will be gratefully acknowledged. Please contact us.
Operations: Enquires to operate the cinema or to discuss any other business proposal please contact the booking officer: ph 4992 2294, mob 0408 272 197 or email
The Friends of James Theatre promote and run many films and events at the James Theatre throughout the year. The Friends of the James Theatre Inc was set up in July 2011 with the dual roles of undertaking the restoration of the Theatre and to promote its use.
Renovations to the Theatre have been undertaken with funding assistance from the Community Builders program and Arts New South Wales, as well as contributions from local businesses, local fundraising and donations from residents. We also rely heavily on volunteers and acknowledge the assistance of the Dungog Shire Council and the Hon. George Souris MP, Member for Upper Hunter.
The Friends is a large undertaking and operates in small sub-groups. Apart from the executive committee these include: Live@theJames which puts on live and film events at the Theatre; the Film Society which runs monthly film screenings, as well as Agog and Flickerfest Film Festivals; the Promotions Group responsible for promoting all events at the Theatre; the Kiosk and Catering Group and the Renovations Group.
The Friends can provide help if you wish to bring a performance to the Theatre, so contact us: ph 4992 2294, mob 0408 272 197 or email
Join the Friends of James Theatre – just $11
Membership keeps you in touch with our activities, gives you advance notice of our events and the earliest opportunity to buy tickets. If you would like a more active role, we are always wanting willing volunteers for work parties or to put on events whether live or film. Please email us and we will send you the membership form.
Suggestions: The Friends welcome any constructive suggestions, feedback or comments. Please email us.