Now home to the Bass and Flinders Maritime Museum, the George Town Picture Theatre opened in the 1950s.

Mr. Ron Campbell lodged plans for approval for the theatre in 1953. A subsequent record from 1955 suggests that the building may not have been quite complete at this time.

IN 1956 a visiting UA manager had to leave his car and slush along the main road in course of reconstruction to call on Mr. Campbell.

The GT Theatre suffered fire damage in 1965.

The Examiner, 28th April 1965

Cleaning up after George Towns 2000 pd theatre fire is Bruce Campbell, son of the owner, Mr. R.G Campbell. The fire, on Sunday night, destroyed interior fittings, including screens, drapes, speakers, staging, some seats, and a section of the ceiling.



In 1993, another fire ripped through the building. An electrical fault in a PowerPoint has been determined as the cause of the $100,000 damage bill. At this time, the theatre was used as an indoor cricket center.

The estimated $40,000 to the building and an additional $60,000 to indoor equipment. The theatre had been used for other activities such as rollerskating, indoor cricket, slot cars, and a second-hand store prior to the fire.

Biggest Slot Car Track

The Mercury, 4th November 1968

Built by Mr. R Campbell, assisted by the electrical side by Mr. W H Park, the track, of eight lanes, is 150ft. long with 90ft. of straights.

The new track has excited the interest of slot car fans from all over Northern Tasmania.

Contents of this page have been sourced through:

  • Fire's cause traced to power point., Tamar Times, Thursday, May 13, 1993.
  • George Town Cinema Damaged by Fire., The Mercury, 26th April 1965.
  • Fire in the Theatre started by youth., The EXaminer, Saturday, May 1st, 1965
  • Biggest Slot Car Track., The Mercury, 4th November 1968

Very knowledgeable staff members and a well set out display. I would not have gone in but my partner thought it would be good and he was right; I found it interesting.

Jay Wood