Local Business #5: Gawler Cinema

As part of our Gawler Local Business Hot Spot, let me introduce you to The Gawler Cinema – truly a historic icon in the Gawler Township.  Located at 11 Murray Street, Gawler, the Cinema has been operating for over 20 years and servicing local families and the broader community with entertainment, social outings and events.

Let’s roll out the red carpet!  We met and interviewed Joy Thorpe, the Cinema’s Manager, recently who has been operating the Cinema, and she shares with us a sneak peak of the family run business that currently embraces 18 employees.

When asked what the Gawler Cinema has to offer Joy says, “ The Gawler Cinema runs not only movie screenings but special events, chick flick nights, beer wine and pizza nights, high teas, silver screenings, senior sessions, mums and bubs sessions, fundraisers, functions, birthday parties and more” .   So the Gawler Cinema truly is “the place to go for a better show” !!

Joy tells us that the two cinemas have also been refurbished “We really care about our movie goers and have recently upgraded to include comfortable seating.  Our two cinemas are also equipped with the latest audio and projection technology so that movie goers have a quality experience with excellent sound and image projectory”.


When asked what she would like see happen in Gawler, Joy reminisces; “I would love for the Christmas Street Party to be revived. It was once such an amazing event. The street was closed and everyone came together as a community. We really miss this at Christmas time”. I’m sure there are other locals who feel the same Joy!

Joy also tells us her favourite local event is Australia Day where the community comes together to commemorate its achievements past and present and to celebrate being an Australian citizen.


One of the biggest things about Gawler that Joy loves the most is the community support, she says “The community support in Gawler is just amazing!”

Learn more about the Gawler Cinema …

Events and More:  The cinema is also open for trade shows, events, birthday parties, business promotions and conferences.  With catering facilities on hand and licenced bar facilities available this makes for a perfect location for your next event.

Candy Bar:  one who visits a cinema cannot pass on the Candy Bar and The Gawler Cinema have a large range of both sweet and savoury snacks to munch on during your movie screening.



11 Murray Street, Gawler
Phone (08) 8523 1633

Website and Movie Screening Details:  www.gawlercinema.com.au