The Roxy is a symbol that epitomizes the Greek migration experience: one that made an outstanding contribution to the development of Australia.
The history of the faithful restoration of the Roxy Theatre, Roxy Cafe and the creation of the Roxy Museum is told on The Roxy website. It is an important story, one that should be shared with future generations, as Bingara's Roxy may be the last example of a cinema and café, functioning as per its original plan, remaining in NSW, possibly in Australia.
The Roxy cinema and adjoining café was built in 1936 by three Greek partners from the island of Kythera in Greece. The cinema operated until 1958 and lay dormant until its grand reopening in 2004.
The Roxy Theatre is open to the public as a cinema, performing arts venue and multi-purpose function centre that includes a variety of conferences, seminars, weddings and private functions.
Unlike the theatre, the cafe continued to operate, however it bared no resemblance to its Greek Café heritage.
In April 2011, Forty-five years since serving its last mixed grill, The Roxy Cafe was restored to its original splendour.
The Roxy Greek Museum was opened April 5, 2014. It further increases the national significance of the complex by conserving and protecting the important cultural associations between people and place. It is destined to attract people from all walks of life, all wanting to share this unique experience.
Currently, Roxy Tour Times are 10.30 am and again at 2.30 pm. Other tour times by Special Arrangement.
Roxy Theatre or Roxy Greek Museum contact the Bingara Visitors Centre 02 6724 0066, firstname.lastname@example.org
(as of April 2014):
- Roxy Greek Museum Tour ONLY = $ 5.00 per person
- Roxy Greek Museum + Roxy Theatre Tour = $10.00 per person
- Roxy Greek Museum + Roxy Theatre Tour + historic Roxy History Film = $15.00 per person this is minimum of 15 people.
Bingara Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 02 6724 0066 Mob: 0400 826 551