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Limelight Picture Show

  • Nelson Provincial Museum 270 Trafalgar Street Nelson, Nelson, 7010 New Zealand (map)
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Back 1892, Nelson photographer William Tyree began giving evening lime-light slide exhibitions, projecting images from inside his studio onto the first-floor window. The first shows celebrated the Nelson Province’s 50th Jubilee and became an instant hit. This earliest picture show became a regular Saturday entertainment in Nelson, a time when shops would stay open until 10 pm, and large crowds gathered on the street below, while a brass band played from the balcony alongside.

As part of the A Century Of Saying Cheese Exhibition, the Museum will bring to life the ‘limelight cinema’ tradition of Tyree photo studio. Accompanied by live music and VJs, heritage photos will be projected onto the Museum building, every Friday night during the Nelson Arts Festival, including the famous Masked Parade and carnival.

Free of charge

8 pm – 9 pm

Friday 12 October

Friday 19 October

Friday 26 October

Museum open late on Fridays during the Nelson Arts Festival.



Later Event: October 19
Limelight Picture Show