There are two ways you can attend our evenings.
Option 1 – Membership – (2) types available
Super – 3 evenings of your choice $38/$33 conc. (unwaged)
Deluxe – 6 evenings of your choice $60/$55 conc. (unwaged)
- Valid for admission to all evenings (including Showcase evenings)
- Both valid 12 months from purchase
- Available at the door on screening evenings
- Cash/cheque only
Option 2 – General Admission Showcase Evenings
3 evenings per year – February, June, October plus other selected dates
General admission $17/$12 or Cine-Retro membership
- *A chance to experience the dying art of cinematic 35mm projection right before your very eyes!
- Great for non-members to get a sample of the Cine-Retro experience
- Members make significant savings on entry to Showcase evenings
- Cash only
*on evenings when we can access 35mm prints
Question: Why do we only have general admission available on certain evenings?
Answer: It’s all about copyright and conditions of screening attached to particular titles and formats (read below for more detail)
On member evenings, we obtain 16mm film prints (and on some occasions digital copies), at very reasonable cost from the National Film and Sound Archive’s vast non-theatrical loans collection. These film prints are licensed from the copyright holders of the material to the NFSA for screening at a non-commercial film society with bona-fide members in attendance, not a commercial theatrical cinema where general admission is charged and commercial formats such as 35mm film or DCP digital are only screened. Therefore, under the terms and conditions of this loan of content from the NFSA, we are not allowed to charge single general admissions. We appreciate the assistance given by the NFSA in allowing access to this vast non-theatrical loans collection.
On General Admission Showcase evenings however, we exibit 35mm commercial theatrical film prints/digital copies of the film from commercial film distributors and/or the NFSA’s 35mm theatrical loans collection (involving “clearing” rights, and gaining permission to screen with copyright holders, or through the local film distributor who has “rights” on a particular title) therefore, on those evenings we are able to charge a general admission like a commercial cinema. In addition we pay much higher commercial rights rates to screen on commercial 35mm/digital rather than via content from the NFSA for the member screenings.