Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

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Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
IndustryFilm exhibition
Areas served
Central Coast, Australia

The Avoca Beach Picture Theatre is a boutique, family run cinema in Avoca Beach on the Central Coast of Australia.[1]


Avoca Beach Picture Theatre was begun in 1948 in the front gardens of brothers Mervin and Norman Hunter in order to raise funds to build the children’s swimming rock pool at the southern end of Avoca Beach. It became a registered cinema, licensed to hold 500[2].[3]

In 1950 the brothers applied to build a purpose-built Theatre also holding 500, which they ran for many decades. From the late 1970’s the Theatre was leased and operated. In 2006, Norman, the son of Norman Hunter, and his wife Beth, took on the management of the Theatre.[4][5]


Focusing on a sophisticated entertainment experience for discerning adults, the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre offers a boutique experience with a café and bar, together with a carefully curated program of latest release, intelligent films. Genres include Australian, Art House, Foreign and a large range of specialist cultural documentaries such as the New York Met Opera, Art on Screen, etc. International and local film festivals are also part of the programming including the Alliance Française French Film Festival & Banff Mountain Film Festival.

The Theatre also hosts an international cast of fine musicians and performers for live events, such as Alexandre da Costa, Simon Tedeschi, Jane Rutter, David Helfgott, Adrian Cunningham, Manhattan Transfer’s Janis Siegel, Tom Burlinson, Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, Matt Baker, Tawadros Brothers, Yantra de Vilder, Hettie Kate and Amelia Farrugia among many others.

With the full set up for live music and cinema within the Theatre, multi-media events are also held.


The Avoca Beach Picture Theatre has received multiple awards in the last decade. These include Best Independent Regional in Australia in 2008,

2010, 2011 and 2012 [6]and NSW Tourism Heritage and Culture Award in 2011.[7]


  1. "Visit NSW". Visit NSW.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Then And Today - Avoca Beach Theatre Cinema".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Cinema Treasures - Avoca Beach Picture Theatre". Cinema Treasures.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Hunter, Sheila (2009). Avoca Beach picture theatre : a short history. Australia.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  5. Connolly, Brendan (1996). Paddocks, Palaces, and Picture Shows : The Colourful History of the Cinemas of the Central Coast of New South Wales. Australian Cinema and Theatre Society. ISBN 9780958806985.
  6. "Cinema Treasures - Avoca Beach Picture Theatre". Cinema Treasures.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Destination NSW 2011 NSW Tourism Awards". Destination NSW.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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