ABOUT Southern Cross Cinema
Hilltops Arts Inc. (HARTs, formerly Young District Arts Council) negotiated with Young Shire Council to bring a cinema to the town of Young. With funding from State Government and YSC, HARTs was able to transform the Southern Cross Hall into the Southern Cross Cinema and Arts Centre; providing movies, live performance, exhibitions and workshops to Young and surrounding districts.
The Southern Cross Hall was built in 1924 by the Catholic church to accommodate the growing need for an entertainment venue in the region. The hall was host to Debutante Balls, Weddings, Discos and In-door cricket, it is now home for the HARTs & Southern Cross Cinema.
With the help of dedicated volunteers, community members and supporting businesses, Southern Cross Cinema opened to the public in March 2004 and has remained a volunteer driven project.
The venue houses the Young Society of Artists in what was the old kitchen at the rear of the building. The Young Society of Artists host the annual Cherry Festival art and photography exhibitions in Studio One, upstairs. Studio One has also seen local and travelling exhibitions since opening as well as workshops provided by artists/ performers throughout this time.
Studio Two was opened in February 2013 as a multipurpose performance space. The opening coincided with the inaugural screening presented from the Digital Projector, which saw funding from YSC and fundraising efforts by HARTs.
If you are interested in hosting an event, birthday party, exhibition or workshop within the facility, contact the manager today.