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VALE: John Griffiths OAM

Montague Art and Craft Society Inc post: Narooma has lost a treasure this week MACS members are devastated to learn of the passing of John Griffiths OAM, the heart and soul of Narooma Kinema, a hub for culture and performing arts and great films. A former rugby player and more recently film buff extraordinaire bringing Opera, European and independent film to our town, he and wife Janette were acknowledged for their contribution to arts recently with Orders of Australia. MACS extends its sincere condolences to the Griffiths family and Narooma Kinema Family (now headed by his grand-daughter Jade) at this sad time. Vale John

The Narooma Kinema is a heritage listed building that has played a vital role in the cultural wellbeing of the Narooma region with its charms that have welcomed people through the doors since 1928. The building has long offered mainstream, arthouse and independent films along with live shows and performances. Along with its striking facade the Narooma Kinema has laways been a favourite for locals and returning visitors and a must-see attraction for anyone new to the area.

The name 'Kinema' comes from the Greek meaning "moving" - hence  moving pictures.  However, it wasn't unusual to see Cinemas named Kinemas  prior to the 1950's -over time the "K" became a "C".

The Kinema recently changed ownership (Nov 2019). After seventeen years of dedication and passion to cinema and the community John and Janette Griffiths passed the business onto their granddaughter Jade Griffiths, extremely happy to be able to keep it in the family.


John and Janette were recently presented with OAM by Governor General His Excellency The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove for services to the NSW Coast community. “What an amazing day, very humbled to receive this honour. It has been a pleasure serving the community for 17 years and watching the Kinema develop and grow into an icon which is appreciated by so many. We would like to thank everyone for the wonderful support over the years in particular our family, our staff, our film society volunteers, and School of Arts”- John and Janette Griffiths

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