At the start we used the building as a photographic studio. Pete Madsen painted three back drops for our photographic studio. Two of them were replicas of Tyree back drops and the third one was a backdrop for our Halloween events.
We had 8mm and 16mm projectors and no building to show movies. We transformed the photographic studio into a movie theater. At the start visitors had to sit on a carpet and then on hessian covered seating. End of October 2020 we were lucky to buy 12 ex-seats from Theater Royal in Nelson.
Our research shows that in Nelson a move theater was. It was called Hayward’s pictures (Empire Theater).
Researching further shows that Henry John Hayward was a major player in early movie screening. Our movie theater is dedicated to him. Here a short biography:
Founded in July 1910 to run an expanding business of film distribution and exhibition. By late 1912 it controlled 33 picture/movie theaters and had an established film-hiring department.