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
Open Mic Session
Sunday March 10 | April 14
3.00pm to 6.30pm
Calling all budding musicians and musical enthusiasts of all skill levels!
The Paragon Theatre, Queenstown Tas is hosting the second of what we hope is many more Open Mic Sessions for our budding musicians, vocalists and those with an interest in the technical side of things - sound desk, lighting etc.
We're encouraging local musicians to come along and register/act as mentors, offering guidance to individuals as they move through the various stages of their musical journey.
The Paragon Theatre offers a professional and safe space for individuals of all ages to share their musical talents, fostering a supportive environment empowering individuals to step onto the stage and musically express themselves.
With an emphasis on accessibility, we welcome participants of all skill levels; beginners, intermediates, advanced musicians and vocalists to contribute in developing a vibrant musical community.
Terms and Conditions apply, to find out more call the Paragon: 0407 049 612.
Conveners: Anthony Coulson and Chris Burton
Agreeing to our Terms and Conditions forms part of the registration process. Registration will be at the door prior to entry. Our conveners are volunteers please treat them with respect and follow their directives. The Paragon Theatre is a licensed venue and all liquor licensing rules will apply.
Clinton Hutton Band Plus Amy Pegg
New Single Launch
Fri March 22, 2024
Popular Tasmanian Musician Clinton Hutton will be bringing his brilliant band to the Paragon Theatre in Queenstown to perform and celebrate the release of his new single "Stuck In Your World". Clinton will be performing all of his original music along with some fun covers to finish off the evening.
Since 2017, Clinton has been a solo recording artist who regularly releases new music that's well received and appreciated throughout the music community. He is an impressively well rounded guitarist and vocalist that is not afraid of taking on a variety of musical styles. He has performed nationally at major events, venues and festivals for over 20 years and continues to be one of the most energetic, entertaining and highly sought-after musicians in Tasmania.
Joining Clinton and his band is local Singer/Songwriter Amy Pegg, who will be kicking the event off with a set of her amazing music.
All of Clinton and Amy's music is available on popular online music stores and streaming services.
General Admission Tickets: $25
Doors open 7pm ~ Music 7.30pm
Van Diemen's Fiddles
-SONGS OF THE SEA-
Wed March 27, 2024
Oceans are vast, deep and mysterious. Their waters contain more than simply salt and marine life. For all of humanity’s existence they’ve sustained our bodies, swallowed them whole and carried people vast distances to foreign lands. Oceans connect us and keep us apart. Floating on the swell of an ocean’s turbulent seas are grand, lyrical narratives that are forever evolving – stories, myth and song.
Steering the audience through Songs of the Sea is Mikelangelo (Michael Simic of the folk quintet, Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen) – a raconteur, salt-crusted storyteller and bittersweet bard. In his deep baritone, Mikelangelo explores the heart’s stormy reaches; indulges in absurd overboard shanties; and catches secrets freed from the sea’s breaking tides. Shipwrecked sailors, bewitching mermaids and wily fishermen are all characters in Mikelangelo’s songbook.
Joining Mikelangelo are Van Diemen’s Fiddles; and the internationally renowned folk artists Luke Plumb and Dave McNamara on mandolin and accordion. Together they draw on maritime folk music styles, experimental and classical composition to evoke in song the salty smack of open water.
Featuring special guests The Queenie Quior!
Tickets: $25-$45 | Doors open 5.30pm ~ Music 6pm
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
BAD DAD ORCHESTRA plus BIG ALCATRAZ
Sat 4th May, 2024
About The Dads...
THE BAD DAD ORCHESTRA formed in mid-2015 from a concept devised by the band's late guitarist, Liam Guthrie. A simple idea, born of fatherhood, friendship and music flourished, took shape and evolved quickly into a powerhouse combination of some of Tasmania's premier contemporary musicians.
It's a traditional lineup, big grooves, snappy horn lines and catchy as hell vocals. Critics have likened THE BAD DAD ORCHESTRA to the classic sounds of Australian pub-rock with a modern twist, whilst others have named it a unique brand of soul.
Big Alcatraz need little introduction, they're up first playing a mix of original material and covers. The trio formed in Queenstown Tasmania and has a unique alternative rock style and a strong local following.
This is a night of great Tassie Talent on show, so come along and support local.
General Admission tickets $35pp
Doors open 7pm | Music 7.30pm
TSO ~ Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
LIVE SESSIONS @ QUEENSTOWN
featuring the TSO Brass Band
Thur 4th July, 2024
How lucky are we? The TSO Brass Band is marching into Queenstown on July 4th!
Their brass and percussion section perform all things Americana in the Paragon Theatre. The performance is unpretentious, unexpected and loads of fun.
Doors open 6.30pm
Performance starts 7pm
Interval 20 Minutes
General Admission $42
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
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.