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Kings Cinema

Until 30 June 2020 Powerhouse Museum

The Kings Cinema is an art deco cinema in the style of the 1930s. The famous Kings cinema chain built many art deco cinemas in Sydney’s suburbs in the 1930s and sadly, this exhibition is only possible because so many of these old buildings have been demolished. The foyer of the Kings Cinema includes interior fittings from the Queen Victoria Building. Inside, the seats are from the Manly Odeon, built in 1932 and demolished in 1985.

In the theatre you can watch Australian newsreels and films from the 1920s and 1930s and hear the magical sounds of our Fotoplayer, a mechanical musicmaker used to provide the accompaniment for silent films. A range of other films also screen in relation to current exhibitions and programs. Please see the current program (begins 15 November) below.

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10am – 11am & 2pm – 4pm Reach for the Moon CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has partnered with MAAS to bring you the Apollo 11 exhibition. Step inside to discover more about their role in the Moon Landing and their cutting-edge astronomical and space research. From helping the world watch the first steps on the Moon to developing new cancer treatments and diagnostic tools, CSIRO continues to solve today’s greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.




Black and white image of woman in sunhat11am – 12pm Sunshine Sally made in 1922, this Australian silent film directed by Lawson Harris set in the Sydney suburb of Woolloomooloo. The screening in our Art Deco inspired theatre, is supported by a demonstration of the fotoplayer, a console comprising keyboard and piano player mechanism which was used to accompany silent films in the 1920s.




12pm – 2pm & 4pm – 5pm Woven Threads is a series of eight 4-minute films, which through beautiful and powerful animations, present varied and moving stories of refugees. The colourful and intricate tapestry of Woven Threads reminds us that, regardless of creed or colour, we all belong to the same human family.
These films were created and directed by Michi Marosszeky and produced by Paul Sullivan from Benchmark Media & Entertainment with the support and finance from Australian Children’s Television Foundation, ABC, Create NSW, and Screen Australia.


This exhibition is included with General Entry to the Powerhouse Museum, and tickets can be purchased online at the link below or on your arrival at the Museum.

Please note that the film screening program is subject to change.


Free with museum admission.

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