Resilient Screens: Investigating the value of Australian Cinema Exhibition

Australia’s film exhibition industry, the industry that supports the practice of ‘going to the movies’, has faced significant challenges alongside much of the global arts and entertainment sector. Prior to the pandemic, cinema going was Australia’s most popular cultural activity. The national recovery of cinemas remains a dynamic unknown for Australian exhibitors and Australian audiences. The aim of this project is to understand the distinct strategies, practices and experiences deliberately cultivated by different cinemas sites for Australian audiences. This research will contribute to an improved understanding of the types of screen exhibition that continue to be valued and how ‘going to the movies’ continues to be a viable part of Australian screen culture.

DMRC research program

This project contributes to the research within the following DMRC research program:

Transforming Media Industries

Chief Investigators


Other Partners

Brisbane International Film Festival


Keywords: Australian cinema exhibition, Australian cinemas, cinema experience, film festivals, cinema audiences