If you drive down Invermay Rd you will see the classic art-deco façade of The Star Theatre. It is a classic piece of architecture from the golden age of cinema and it operated from 1937 to 1969. After that it was an outlet for St Vincent de Paul for many years but now it has been given a new lease of life as a cinema once more.
The Star is now an independently owned cinema with a bar and cafe serving quality Tasmanian food and drinks. It also holds live events, conferences and events.
Three Launceston locals had a grand vision that they worked hard to make a reality. Andrew Quaile, Ben Davis and Paul Lee-Archer grew up together in Launceston and long dreamt of opening a cinema in their home town. Ben Davis explains: ‘We had a vision to reimagine an iconic Launceston landmark, not just in terms of architecture, but also sophisticated interiors, old-fashioned service and great movies. Instead of blockbusters and junk food, think award-winning films and wine.’
The Star Theatre in Invermay is one the finest examples of art-deco cinema architecture in Australia and one of the few still in existence. Designed by Tasmanian born architect, Guy Crick, it was opened on the 5th October 1937 and ceased operation as a cinema in 1969. After that, it was an outlet for St Vincent de Paul for many years before being purchased by Ben, Andrew and Paul.