Treasure trove of movie posters to go on show [Central West NSW, Australia]

Manildra’s old theatre is set to play host to a new collection of cinema history.

By Georgia Wilson
18 November, 2011 3:46PM AEDT

After 2 years of wading through 13,000 old movie posters, the AMUSU Theatre cinema committee has finalised a collection.

Named the Alan Strong Collection, it’s not just posters that will be included in the display but lobby cards, merchandise and other articles of film history.

After receiving a $50,000 grant to spruce up the Tom’s Garage building next to the theatre, the committee was able to create a new home to host the collection that includes everything from the 20s till now.

Featuring movie memorabilia from the ‘hey day’ of cinema, the collection will present 250 works at a time.

AMUSU Theatres’ Joan Stevenson joined Mornings presenter Angela Owens to tell the story of how the museum got its start.

“Well, we got a call from a gentleman that used to run the movies over at the oval in the 80s and he had saved up 50 years worth of movie posters, glass slides, lobby cards, all sorts of memorabilia and he had them in his garage for a lot of years and just rang us two years ago in October and asked if we would like them.”

The museum opens on Saturday.

Visit the source for PICTURES, AUDIO, AND VIDEO:

For more information go to the AMUSU Theatre website

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