The movies are back, baby!
In great news for western suburbs cinephiles, Mosman Park’s Camelot Outdoor Cinema has been brought back from the brink of closure, following a string of noise complaints last year that threatened to close the theatre permanently.
Luna Palace Cinemas, who managed Camelot’s film program for 22 years, announced back in October 2023 that they would not be returning to the cinema for the 2023/2024 summer season:
“Due to the noise restrictions implemented in the area, we are unable to screen our films at a reasonable volume and deliver the quality viewing experience that our customers have come to expect and deserve.”
Following the news, a wave of local support saw nearly 5500 signatures on a petition to save the cinema.
At the time of the announcement, the Memorial Hall lease had only been held by Perth International Jazz Festival for a few months. With the help of local arts organisations, they’ve now taken over the management of the cinema – and it’s set to reopen on February 21 with a screening of Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein epic Maestro, pending liquor licence approval.
Noise restrictions have been addressed by patrons wearing noise cancelling, silent disco-style headphones with individual adjustable volumes.
Perth Festival has also lent the cinema an $80,000 DCP projector which had been in storage since the closure of outdoor cinema Joondalup Pines, while Fringe World and Rooftop Movies organisers Artrage will be assisting with programming and distribution.
You’ll be able to bring your own picnic, or purchase pizzas, gelato and drinks on-site. Following the end of the film season on March 23, the Perth International Jazz Festival’s focus will shift towards transforming Memorial Hall into a live jazz music venue, as well as planning the first of the jazz festivals to be held in the hall.
To check out the upcoming films in the program, head to the Movies at Camelot website.
Cover image credit: Town of Mosman Park