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The James Theatre 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 is managed by the James Theatre Management Committee.

Enquiries: All enquiries regarding the James Theatre should be directed to the James Theatre Management Committee booking officer, Gregg Parry, phone 043 55 66 874 or use the Contact Us form.

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.


Friends of James Theatre logoAbout the Friends of the James Theatre

The Friends of the James Theatre is a not for profit incorporated association formed in July 2011 with the dual roles of raising funds for the Theatre and promoting its use.

The Friends is a large undertaking and operates in small sub-groups. Apart from the executive committee these include: the Projection Group, responsible for all movie screenings at the Theatre; the Film Selection Group which runs 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 Events Group.

Join the Friends of the 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 use the Contact Us form and we will send you the membership information.

Suggestions: The Friends welcome any constructive suggestions, feedback or comments. Please use the Contact Us form.


August 2022

  • 20 Sat 7 pm
    The Duke (M)
  • 21 Sun 2 pm
    Oddball (G)
  • 24 Wed 6.30 pm
    The Song Company
    The Arms of Love
  • 27 Sat 7 pm
    Science Film Festival
    The Best of Scinema – International Science Film Festival 2022
Entertaining Dungog, a history of the James Theatre, available now.