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Coffs Harbour Regional Museum

215 Harbour Drive

Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450

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The Coffs Harbour Regional Museum presents, a special Seniors Week event, Tales of the Tasma.

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Join us for this event during Seniors' Week in sharing stories of the jewel of Coffs Harbour's cinema - The Tasma. A special showcase of items from our collection will be on display as well as an opportunity to see the Tasma exhibition, where you can sit in the original cinema seating to see a short video.

Meet and chat with the museum team who are interested to hear your stories and see any memorabilia and photos that you might have associated with this amazing building!

Your ticket price includes a cinema themed morning tea.

The Tasma In Coffs Harbour

The Tasma Cinema opened in March 1937 on the corner of Castle Street and High Street, as Harbour Drive was then known. With an imposing Art Deco façade, it was the grandest building in “Top Town” and became known as the “theatre beautiful”.

Designed by leading cinema architects Guy Crick and Bruce W. Furse, the Tasma Theatre offered big city luxury, seating 113 people in the Royal Lounge, 113 in the Dress Circle and 515 in the stalls – 741 overall. Crick & Furse were responsible for the design of numerous suburban cinemas in Sydney, as well as many throughout regional NSW. They favoured the Art Deco or Moderne style; the comfort and luxury of the buildings attest to the importance of cinema to Australian social life in the early to mid-20th century. As Everyone’s magazine commented in 1936:

Throughout the Commonwealth, comparative palaces now stand in pride as evidences of the solidity of the screen as the greatest medium of relaxation and edification of modern times.

Over 31 years, 9627 films were shown, which according to Jack Gerard was “almost every American and British film produced at that time”. With the beginning of television broadcasting in Coffs Harbour in 1965, the Tasma began to lose audiences. It closed in 1968; the final film was After the Fox with Peter Sellers and Victor Mature. The building was demolished in 1969 to make way for the Waltons Department Store. When the mall was built in the late 1980s, the street layout changed and Castle Street no longer connected with Harbour Drive, so the Tasma site is no longer evident.

photo: Jack Gerard taking a movie at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club’s inaugural meeting, 7 August 1948 Picture Coffs Harbour mus07-9088

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