The Cinemas Project: Exploring The Spectral Spaces of Cinema in Regional Victoria.

The cinemas that inspired the first project...

The Cinemas - the story so far

Since 2011, the artist Sam Nightingale has been visiting cinema sites across Victoria. He has photographed 100s of existing and long disappeared cinemas visually mapping the movement of film projection through Victoria. Sam explains that this ‘this body of work is about producing a visual typology that indexes the sociological, cultural and historic context of rural cinema in Australia.’

His photographs show the cinema itself (if it still stands) or what stands in place of the cinema building now. In producing the work Sam has also conducted extensive research into lost, forgotten or little remembered places where film has been shown in Victoria since the first projector landed in Melbourne in 1896.

For The Cinemas Project, Sam has produced a dossier of his research related to each of the five locations in which The Cinemas Project has taken place: Bendigo, Morwell, Mildura, Warrnambool, and Geelong.

Do you remember going to movies in Bendigo, Morwell, Mildura, Warrnambool, and Geelong? Do you have fond memories of one of the cinemas mentioned below? Please share them with us.

Over the coming months, this research will be published here on The Cinemas Project website and we invite you to contribute your memories of cinema.

The Locations





GEELONG (History on individual cinemas coming soon)

Cinema Map