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c.1925: Theatre promoting the screening of the movie ‘Girl Shy’


The Garfield Picture Theatre was built in 1924 for Martin Donohue, and according to Mr H. Arnold, who wrote a history of the theatre, it was leased to a Mr J. Taylor. It was said to have seated 800 people, and dances were held on Friday evenings with pictures shown on Saturday nights.
The theatre was one of the many movie-viewing venues constructed during the Australia-wide boom in cinema building in the 1920s. The Garfield Picture Theatre was Cardinia Shire’s first cinema in the region, followed by Kooweerup’s Wattle Theatre and Pakenham’s King’s Picture Theatre which opened in mid to late 1927. The theatre is significant to the area as it’s one of the few picture theatre buildings remaining in the shire. The Garfield Picture Theatre was not only the main entertainment hub for the area, but it was the town’s first source of electricity.

c.1930: Theatre closed for extensions and reopening on 19th March
The theatre closed in 1962 and reopened in the 1980s as the Garfield Trading Centre, owned by Sam Jensen, who used to sell used furniture, bric-a-brac and antiques.

c.1980: Theatre was used to sell old furniture and antiques
The theatre stayed that way until 2001, when renovations began by current owners Fred and Susan Perez. The theatre was in need of some serious repair and improvement. Fred and Susan spent 17 years relaying and polishing the original floorboards, installing roof insulation, as well as building a commercial kitchen, inside toilets with a disable toilet, upstairs living quarters, full verandah, and drainage and decking around the whole outer edge of the theatre. As well as a lick of paint, Fred and Susan spent a great deal of time securing all her loose bricks… hence their knick name for her ‘Lucy’ for loosey bricks! Fred and Susan’s dream to return the venue to its former glory took a little longer than originally expected, but the outcome was well worth all their effort.

2017: The theatre today (Picture taken by Karen Thomson of Tynong)
The theatre is a well-preserved and gabled red brick building, with internal renovations creating a grander experience than the original. The front facade still has its original raised cement letters `Garfield Picture Theatre' and sits above a deep cantilever street verandah which extends the front of the building.
The Garfield Picture Theatre made a triumphant return as an entertainment venue on Sunday 3rd July 2016, after renovations entirely self-funded by Susan and Fred, and now hosts various music events and is a great venue for weddings, corporate events and dances. The theatre now seats 250 and has a lovely outside area with beautiful gardens including piano.

Current owners Fred and Susan Perez who lovingly renovated the theatre
“We both have a love for the arts and there’s a crying demand for local music venues in our region. There’s just nothing like it,“ said Fred.
In August 2018, the theatre invested in a new mixing disk, speakers and microphones along with new lights to ensure all future shows have the best sound quality and light show possible. There is talk of returning the venue back to a picture theatre for a monthly movie, but the theatre is in the process of raising funds, so stay tune!
A stocked bar serves drinks before, during and after most performances with a light supper served during intervals.
Located on the Main Street in Garfield, the Theatre is close to shops and Garfield train station, making it the ideal place to stay next time you're in our area.
The Garfield Picture Theatre also have various sized cabins available for hire from one night to long-term.
For more information and pricing on cabin accommodation, please contact Sue on 0490 110 812.

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Garfield Picture Theatre

47-51 Nar Nar Goon - Longwarry Rd
Garfield 3814


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Neil Diamond - Good Times Never Seemed So Good
In concert the music of Neil Diamond is a authentic recreation of the music and the magic of the legendary Neil Diamond at the height of his career this is a trip down memory lane capturing and recreating the mood the feel the atmosphere of the 70’s and 80’s in the Hot August Night era.
Hot August Night is a 1972 live double album by Neil Diamond the album is a recording of a Diamond concert on August 24 1972 one of the ten sold out concerts that Diamond performed that month at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles Hot August Night was recorded in 1986 released 1987 in concert the music of Neil Diamond catapults back in this bygone era.
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Some of our comfortable cabin style accommodation


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