They’re pumped: Thornbury movie theater to open in a 1919 motor garage

A 1925 Northcote Leader advertisement for Tadich’s Motor Garage at 802 High Street.

Photo: Thornbury Image Home

The garage at rear was the best size for Mr Berger’s 57-seat single-screen movie theater, which he has actually named the Thornbury Photo House. The amazing remodeling will quickly be completed: the location will open on April 12.

Personnel have actually hosed off the grease, removed tonnes of heavy equipment and set up a 6-metre-wide screen, modern-day seats, digital projector and airconditioning. Mr Berger personally removed 10 coats of paint off some of the tiles.Movies will be

a mix of classic and new: the first week will include Oscar favourites Lady Bird, The Forming of Water and Three Signboards Outdoors Ebbing, Missouri, the 1996 film Fargo and a screening of Buster Keaton’s 1926 quiet comedy The General with a live jazz band.Mr Berger runs a pop-up movie theater company, Explode Cinema. He and other half Lou ran the revived, two-screen George Movie theater in St Kilda for 6 months prior to it was sold in 2014, and are confident this Thornbury single screen will work.He states inner-north arts fans desire a more social, immersive experience than enjoying Netflix in your home as they flick through their mobiles.

They can walk or cycle here and bring beverages into the cinema, or enjoy them at the bar.A gauge on an antique petrol pump at the site. Picture: Chris Hopkins The Thornbury Image House is an echo of Melbourne of more than 50 years back, when primary streets heaved with

cinemas such as the nearby Regent (now the Thornbury Theatre, used for receptions and live music ), and the long-gone Preston Star and Gowerville, and Brunswick’s Padua.He states alternative movie and music is popular in the area. He will show local filmmakers’work and run a brief film festival.The garage at 802 High Street Thornbury in current years.Photo: Thornbury Photo House” It’s pretty overwhelming the amount of work that’s entered into it. however I’m planning to forward to opening,” Mr Berger said.” We’ve had truly good feedback from locals and on social media about having a cinema in this part of Melbourne that’s truly not being serviced by little, independent movie theater, that individuals can walk and cycle to. I believe people are thrilled.” Anybody with photos or information about the garage, run by Les Tadich till 1950 and open till the early 2000s, can email Mr Berger at

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