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If you drive down Invermay Rd, and pass by St Vincent de Paul, you wouldn’t know that hidden behind the classic art-deco façade and the shopfront, is an old theatre from the golden age of cinema, waiting to be restored to its former glory.

It is set to become a cinema once more, with a bar and cafe serving quality Tasmanian food and drinks.  It will also hold live events, conferences and events.

Three Launceston locals have a grand vision that they are working hard to make a reality. Andrew Quaile, Ben Davis and Paul Lee-Archer grew up together in Launceston and have long dreamt of opening a cinema in their home town. Ben Davis explains: ‘We have 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. Since then, it has been an outlet for St Vincent de Paul.

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