18. The Last Bemboka Picture Show: 16 mm Cinema as Rural Community Fundraiser in the 1950s

  1. Richard Maltby2,
  2. Daniel Biltereyst3 and
  3. Philippe Meers4
  1. Kate Bowles

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396416.ch18

Explorations in New Cinema History: Approaches and Case Studies

Explorations in New Cinema History: Approaches and Case Studies

How to Cite

Bowles, K. (2011) The Last Bemboka Picture Show: 16 mm Cinema as Rural Community Fundraiser in the 1950s, in Explorations in New Cinema History: Approaches and Case Studies (eds R. Maltby, D. Biltereyst and P. Meers), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396416.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Flinders University, South Australia

  2. 3

    Department of Communication Studies, Ghent University, Belgium

  3. 4

    University of Antwerp, Belgium

Author Information

  1. University of Wollongong, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199490

Online ISBN: 9781444396416

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Keywords:

  • The Last Bemboka Picture Show - 16 mm cinema, rural community fundraiser in 1950s;
  • Australian cinema history, sensitive - to history of film exhibition, keynote stories under review;
  • television impact on theatrical exhibition - 1956 launch in Sydney and Melbourne;
  • mutual engagement - Australian theatre entrepreneurs and American distributors;
  • the last Bemboka picture show, same year as - Australian television broadcasting, Sydney and Melbourne;
  • intransigence of Australian geography - hampering national rollout of new medium;
  • Australian country picture - theatrical or non-theatrical, in remote Australian rural contexts;
  • shared obligation, cinema-going experience - lashing commercial and non-theatrical operators;
  • The Bemboka Memorial Hall Fund Committee - 16 mm departments of MGM, Columbia, Paramount and Fox;
  • local community goal, Hollywood serving - memorialisation of Bemboka's losses to wars, Hollywood's global commercial advantage

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Australian Country Picture Show: Theatrical or Non-Theatrical?

  • Everyday Operating Problems: Negotiation and Making do

  • References