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Swanpool is a small rural community on the Midland Highway between Benalla and Mansfield. It has a store, sports ground, bowling club, a couple of churches, just a few houses and the impressive Swanpool Hall. The hall was built by volunteers over two and a half years and was officially opened by Sir Henry Bolte on 1 November, 1957.

Kevin Smith retired from the SEC in 1989 to start Swanpool Cinema in October 1991. He met Shirley Swallow, his wife to be, at a film festival in Rosebud and together they ran the cinema as a private business for 20 years, retiring at the end of 2011 on New Year's Eve.

Since that time the Cinema has been a community cinema, completely run with volunteer labour. A team of volunteers run the candy bar, the ticket box, projection and all the admin functions.

So for over 24 years now Swanpool Cinema has been screening the best of art house and quality movies, usually as a double feature on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Matinees, bus groups, fundraisers and private functions are also promoted. The Cinema can shape an audio-visual event to your requirements.

In 2013 the visual and sound systems were upgraded to D Cinema digital to provide an excellent film experience. A new motorised screen was also installed. The old projectors were retained though, so the old classics can still be run.

One added benefit of the new digital system is to be able to work with local filmmakers and screen their video content. Air-conditioning now adds to the comfort and espresso coffee is available at the candy bar.

Free electric barbeques are now available at the Swan Pavilion for a pre-show picnic. Please drop by, visit the website or make a phone call for more information.

Content: Swanpool Cinema Inc

Price & booking


Type Entry cost
Family - Two Adults / Two Children (Your Own)
Children under 12
Payment methods accepted
Cash Only

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  • BBQ facilities
  • Car park
  • Access without assistance for the disabled
  • Parking for the disabled
  • Kiosk
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Public toilet
  • Shaded area
Opening hours:

Please note that there are special screenings throughout the year. Keep up to date by visiting the Swanpool Cinema website.

  • Friday and Saturday
    6:00pm - 12:00pm
    One hour later during daylight saving time.
  • Sunday
    5:00pm - 11:00pm
    One hour later during daylight saving time.

Contact operator for further details.