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Saturday 28 July, 3 pm

Tea With the Dames (PG)

From time to time four old friends, all extraordinary actresses, meet up in the English countryside to gossip, to remember and to laugh. For once they let the cameras in…
Tea With the Dames is a unique celebration of the lives and careers of four of our most iconic actresses; Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith. All four have gone from being fledgling actresses in the 1950s to acting royalty. They’ve watched each other’s careers grow and bloom and have celebrated life’s ups and downs together. Tea With the Dames invites you to spend time with these acting legends as they talk about their lives and their professional experiences across theatre, television and film. Directed by Roger Michell (My Cousin Rachel, Notting Hill), the film also includes a range of astonishing archival material. Candid, funny, caustic, irreverent, poignant and utterly engrossing, this unmissable release is proof that there is truly nothing like a Dame.
And to celebrate, please join us for a complimentary glass of sherry before the film!


Thursday 2 August, 11 am

A Night at the Opera (1935)

Stars Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx. The Marx brothers invade the world of opera with devastating results. Their finest film, combining priceless slapstick with good music and an appealing romance, has so many uproarious scenes it has become a comedy classic. Impeccable black and white ‘gold’ on the big screen.


Saturday 4 August, 3 pm

Edie (M)

Edith Moore (Edie) is a bitter, gruff woman in her eighties. In the months following her husband George’s death, Edie’s strained relationship with her daughter Nancy begins to worsen. The question over Edie’s future looms large; while Edie tries hard to convince Nancy she can manage fine by herself, Nancy is making plans for her mother to move to a retirement home. Edie feels like it is the beginning of the end. It seems she will die with all the regrets of her past intact and one regret haunts her most of all. When Edie was married, her father planned a climbing trip for them in the Scottish Highlands. Edie yearned to go, but her husband George, a difficult and controlling man, made her stay at home. Nearly thirty years later, Edie decides to make the trip herself alone.
Edie believes that it is never too late – packing an old camping bag, leaving her life behind and embarking on an adventure she never got to have – climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland.
”Wholly uplifting.”-The Wee Review
Directed by Simon Hunter, and starring Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie and Paul Brannigan.


Saturday 4 August, 7 pm

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (M)

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favourite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.
When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. However their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
“You can’t put it back in the box.”



Agog! A Feast of Foreign Films, returns to the James Theatre Dungog on 17 and 18 August 2018.

Starting at 7pm on Friday 17 August with hit French film Aurore, Agog continues with four films on Saturday 18 August, commencing at 11am. Our famous Supper behind the Screen also returns, prior to the final film on Saturday night.

Tickets are now available to purchase online here, and get in fast for the early bird special. Ticket prices are:
Early bird until July 17 – 10% discount on bookings
All five films – $75
Four Saturday Films – $60
Single films – $16
Supper behind the Screen $35
(A small booking fee is also charged at the time of purchase.)
Early bird until 17 July – 10% discount on bookings

The full program is:
7pm, Friday 17 August – Aurore (M), France
11am, Saturday 18 August – The Salesman (M), Iran
1.30pm, Saturday 18 August – Two is a Family (M), France
4pm, Saturday 18 August – Under the Tree (MA15+), Iceland
6.00pm, Saturday 18 August – Supper behind the Screen
7.30pm, Saturday 18 August – Truman (MA15+), Spain

See full program details here.


festival-2018Dungog Festival 2018

October Long Weekend 28/30 September, 1 October
Authentic Country Town – Classic Musical Cinema

A rare chance to enjoy nine classic musical films on the big screen.
Spend the long weekend in Dungog, the authentic cattle and timber town which has Australia’s oldest continually operating cinema, the James Theatre. Spend two or three nights in the friendly Dungog Shire, with a wide range of accommodation, and try genuine country life. Come by train from Newcastle or Sydney with your Opal card; or catch the XPT; or drive yourself, three hours from Sydney, just over an hour from Newcastle.
And see 9 classic musical films on the big screen!

Tickets on sale in July

2018 Program
• Fri September 28 – Moulin Rouge 7.30pm
• Sat September 29 – Amadeus 2pm, Mama Mia: Here we go again! 6pm, Rocky Horror Picture Show 10.30pm
• Sun September 30 – Buena Vista Social Club: Adios 10.30am, Umbrellas of Cherbourg 1pm, Blues Brothers 4pm, Barber of Seville 7.00pm
• Mon October 1 – The Mikado 10.30am

See full program details here.


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  • 28 Sat 3pm
    Tea With the Dames (PG)


  • 2 Thur 11pm
    A Night at the Opera
  • 4 Sat 3pm
    Edie (M)
  • 4 Sat 7pm
    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (M)
Entertaining Dungog, a history of the James Theatre, available now.