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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

Tickets at the Door

Adult $10

Concession $8

Child (under 16) $5

Doors Open 4pm | Our own featurette starts at 4pm

Franklin starts 5pm Sharp

🎬✨ Winter intermission alert!


The FRANKLIN movie is taking a short frosty hiatus, with the last screening of the season taking place at 5 PM on Friday, 31 May.


But fear not, film buffs! We're still here in the building, and if you're keen to see this epic tale on the big screen, just call us on 0407 049 612. We'll do our very best to make movie magic happen for you!

Normal 5pm weekday screening resuming in September.

FRANKLIN at The Paragon Theatre Queenstown
Franklin Movie
TSO ~ Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
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.

TSO is super excited to have Stacey Loukis and Grant Woodward as their support act. The Grant & Stacey Duo play a range of styles from Jazz to Rock for all occasions. 


Doors open 5.30pm

Music from  6pm

Interval 20 Minutes

Concludes 8.30pm


 General Admission $42


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Follow the Rain
feature documentary about the Wonder of Fungi
Sun 22 Sept, 2024

World famous fungi hunters invite audiences on a unique expedition into the wilderness of Tasmania and mainland Australia, where the symbiotic dance between fungi, plants and animals, unlocks nature's greatest secrets.

'Follow The Rain' is an exquisite feature length documentary that dives deep into the incredible, weird and essential Kingdom of Fungi.

Visually captivating, a symphonic treat and incredibly entertaining, Follow the Rain is an exploration of the world of fungi the like of which we have never seen.

It combines a decade of research and passion, magnificent fungi time-lapses (seen on BBC Planet Earth) and the most incredible revelations revealing mind-expanding science.

This screening will be followed by a QandA with filmmakers Stephen Axford and Catherine Marciniak.


Doors open 3:00pm

Screening Starts 3:30pm

Q&A after the screening

 General Admission Adult $15 | U16 $10 +BF


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Open Mic Session
musicians club

Sunday July 14 | Aug 11

3.00pm to 6.30pm

Register at the door

Calling all budding musicians and musical enthusiasts of all skill levels!

The Paragon Theatre, Queenstown Tas is hosting the 7th & 8th 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

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Special Notes:

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.

Open Mic Session

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

   Welcome Cocktail

   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

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40th Anniversary T-shirt



buy 2 or more & receive $10 OFF your order

use code: NODAMS2023

at checkout

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.

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