Screening Weekdays (Except public holidays)
Franklin recounts the epic seven-year campaign to save Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed Franklin River from being drowned by the construction of a hydroelectric project in the early 1980s.
The ‘Franklin Campaign’ remains the most significant environmental protest in Australian history, a definitive example of the power of non-violent direct action, and is considered ground zero for ‘Green’ politics worldwide.
The story is told through the eyes of 8th generation Tasmanian, Oliver Cassidy, as he follows in his activist father’s footsteps and embarks on a solo rafting pilgrimage down the Franklin. In the process, he retraces the campaign, exploring why it was so successful when others have failed and what lessons can be applied to other non-violent movements today.
All this while being physically challenged beyond anything he has ever known, in a remote and extraordinary landscape most won’t ever experience ... until now.
Director: Kasimir Burgess
Cast: Oliver Cassidy, Bob Brown
Tickets at the Door
Child (under 16) $5
Doors Open 4pm | Our own featurette starts at 4pm
Franklin starts 5pm Sharp
The Art of Piano
Dinner & Show
Saturday December 9, 2023
Ticket cut off date: 03/12/23
'I’m very excited to announce a special piano performance at the beautiful “Paragon Theatre” in Queenstown Tasmania. The “Paragon Theatre” is celebrating its 90th birthday this year and I feel honoured to be performing in this 1930s Theatre.' Paul Kenny
The piano at the Paragon Theatre is a lovely Australian made Beale upright piano made in the 1930s kindly donated by the folk at The Wall in the Wilderness. A perfect match for the era of when the Paragon Theatre was built.
Paul will be performing “Songs from Childhood” a collection of songs which formed a large part of his life growing up and learning the organ and piano.
Songs from music competitions, Eisteddfods, music exams, requested songs and music his family and friends loved him to play. He'll also be playing several songs from his most loved music albums.
Music has a way of connecting people and by weaving its magic, music creates a universal language that touches peoples hearts and minds bringing everyone together.
Step into a world of music magic with Paul's “Songs from Childhood”.
General Admission - online only
$59pp includes 2 course dinner
$15pp concert only - dinner not included
Doors open 6:00pm | Music 7:00pm
Barbie the movie
three Screenings only
GET YOUR PINK ON and strap in for the ride...
Join Barbie and Ken, they're having the time of their lives in the colourful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land where Barbie is everything and Ken is just Ken.
However, when the opportunity presents itself to venture in to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans.
It's comedy, adventure & fantasy all rolled into one.
Dec 15 movie screens at 6.30pm
Dec 16 movie screens at 7.30pm
Dec 17 movie screens at 2.00pm
Director: Greta Gerwig | Year 2023
Staring: Margot Robbie & Ryan Gosling
Runtime: 114 min
Tickets at the Door
Child (under 16) $10
Doors Open half hour before film start time
new album launch
Claire Anne Taylor & Her Band
& Pete Cornelius Trio
Friday January 12, 2024
Claire Anne Taylor will be joined by her incredible band, as they present 'Giving it Away' the highly anticipated third studio album from the lauded Tasmanian songwriter. Recorded at MONA's Frying Pan Studios in Tasmania.
Claire Anne Taylor grew up in Tasmania's ancient Tarkine rainforest and was raised alongside her five siblings in a quaint bush home rich with creativity and music.
Taylor crafts soulful folk songs that capture both the beautiful and dark elements of the human experience. Her music ranges from warm, mesmerising ballads to epic anthems. With vivid storytelling, colossal vocals and a powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary.
Claire and her band will be joined by Iconic Tasmanian guitar slingers Pete Cornelius Trio, it's Swing, Slide & Toe Tapping Rhythm & Blues at its best.
Doors open 7pm | Music 7.30pm
Tickets General Admission $30pp
Grumpy Neighbour & Band
PLUS Cone Smashers
Saturday February 17, 2024
Grumpy Neighbour is the collaborative effort of Glendon Blazely and Ray Bassett. The project began in a bungalow in West Ivanhoe after a musical reunion of some twenty year's break.
Glendon's carefully crafted songs, aided and abetted by Ray's occasional poetic licence, provides a perfect canvas for Glendon's deep, melodic vocals and Ray's close harmonies.
The original repertoire extends to some 60 songs, 30 or so available on Grumpy Neighbour albums, and then there are the covers, or perhaps, pre-owned material is more apt. Johnny Cash is rendered in the polish folk tradition, and Grumpy Neighbour make the Pixies swing!
Opening set by Queenstown's very own Cone Smashers, three local boys doing what they love. Get along and support local.
$15pp online ~ $20pp at the door
Doors open 6.30pm | Music 7.15pm
THE WOLFE BROS
-LIVIN THE DREAM-
Sat 6th April 2024
It has been an amazing 10 year ride for The Wolfe Brothers.
Four #1 and two #2 ARIA Country Albums that delivered 18 #1 singles on the National Chart.
With six Golden Guitars under their belt they are now Australia’s most awarded country rock duo in history.
The brothers from Tasmania have travelled countless road miles in Australia, USA and Canada and now they are taking their Livin’ The Dream Tour and Album around Australia to spend a night with all their fans livin’ the dream together.
Book your tickets for the hottest country rock band in the land.
PLUS Andrew Hume, just a bloke making some good old country music, and having a blast doing it!
Doors open 7pm | Music 8pm - General Admission
Adults $49 online - $55 at the door
U/17yrs $25 online - $30 at the door
FRANKLIN RIVER BLOCKADE
40th Anniversary T-shirt
buy 2 or more & receive $10 OFF your order
use code: NODAMS2023
40 Years On...
1 July 2023 has been and gone, but you can still be part of the ongoing celebration and commemoration of the Wild Franklin River running free. You just need the T-shirt...
Our Franklin River Blockade T-shirt features a bold design that commemorates the iconic Franklin River Blockade, a protest that helped to protect the river from being dammed.
These Very Limited and sought after 40 Year Anniversary
T-shirts are available exclusively through The Paragon Theatre & our online store.
With only 200 T-shirts produced in total & FREE shipping to any Australian address, you may need to be quick to make one yours. Or you could gift one to a friend or two.
Available in Black, it's the 'in' colour and generous sizing:
Small | Medium | Large | XL whilst stocks last.
The Paragon Is Turning 90
Join The Party
~ only 100 tickets ~
Sat Oct 28, 2023
POSTPONED - new date to be announced, watch this space
The Paragon Theatre opened on Saturday Oct 28, 1933...
90 years on and the Paragon is still operating as a Talkie Theatre under the gentle and careful guidance of Joy Chappell and Anthony Coulson.
We're celebrating this milestone in true 1930s Talkie Theatre style and encouraging ticket holders to embrace their inner fashionista and dress the part. Relive the glamour & charm of bygone eras, and experience the nostalgia of a different time.
Take advantage of our vintage themed photo frame and let us capture memorable moments of your style. Your outfit could be from the '30s, '40s, '50s or '60s - feel free to add your own twist; and there's a prize up for grabs for the best dressed.
With only 100 tickets available, book now to avoid disappointment. It's going to be a fabulous cinematic night...think old style box office, ushers, newsreels & advertisements, intermission, cinema food and a feature film.
In addition to Admitting 1, your ticket includes the following:
Printed ticket memento
Paragon Nostalgia Bag
Dinner - favourite cinema foods - it's more than crisps & sweets
Entry for lucky door prize
Entry for best dressed prize
$120 per ticket
Strictly Online Ticket Sales Only
For catering purposes, ticket cut off date is 5pm 22/10/23
Doors Open 6pm - late