Twilight Talks: Not the Last Picture Show – Ballarat Heritage Festival

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This special edition of their regular Twilight Talks series will feature speakers discussing the history of cinema in Ballarat, complimenting their free exhibition. Just a year after the Lumière brothers invented the cinematograph in 1895, the first screenings were held at the Mechanics’ Institute, meaning many had their first ever experience of ‘moving pictures’ in our beautiful Minerva Theatre.

Since then, thousands of movies have been screened in the theatre through its many iterations, including at the Vegas 70 theatre which is being reactivated for this year’s Heritage Week. Come along from 5:30 to grab a drink and wander through the exhibition in the Williamson Foyer, the former candy bar of the cinema, before the talk.

The BMI’s Twilight Talks series has been a forum for sharing fascinating history and radical futures since 2001, check out the website for upcoming talks.

This event is part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival.

Content: The Ballaarat Mechanics Institute

Accessibility Information

  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

  • Wed 22 May

6pm–7pm

Ballarat Mechanics Institute | Humffray Room

117-119 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

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$8 - $12

$8 for BMI members | General admittance $12.00 plus booking fee


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Accessibility Information

  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

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