The Jazz Singer (1927)


Join us as we step back in time and screen the first ever film shown in our beautiful theatre in 1927! This event is a collaboration between The Paragon, film buff Joel Archer from Golden Oldies Films who will host the event and special guest, Ron West (owner of the Majestic Theatre, Pomona) who will be accompanying the film on piano!

The Jazz Singer is a 1927 American musical drama film directed by Alan Crosland. It is the first feature-length motion picture with not only a synchronized recorded music score but also lip-synchronous singing and speech in several isolated sequences. Its release heralded the commercial ascendance of sound films and ended the silent film era, although there were still a few silent films after its release.

The film depicts the fictional story of Jakie Rabinowitz, a young man who defies the traditions of his devout Jewish family. After singing popular tunes in a beer garden, he is punished by his father, a hazzan (cantor), prompting Jakie to run away from home. Some years later, now calling himself Jack Robin, he has become a talented jazz singer. He attempts to build a career as an entertainer, but his professional ambitions ultimately come into conflict with the demands of his home and heritage.

Darryl F. Zanuck won an Honorary Academy Award for producing the film; Alfred A. Cohn was nominated for Best Writing (Adaptation) at the 1st Academy Awards. In 1996, The Jazz Singer was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” motion pictures. In 1998, the film was chosen in voting conducted by the American Film Institute as one of the best American films of all time, ranking at number ninety.


Sunday 20th June


Time: 4pm Start (Doors open 3pm)


Tickets: $20


Film Duration: 96 minutes


Film Rating: G


Trailer: The Jazz Singer (1927)


*A selection of sweet and savoury treats as well as non alcoholic and alcoholic beverages can be purchased from the Espresso Bar in the foyer.  Please no outside food or drinks*

Disclaimer: This film is a product of its time. It includes negative depictions of people or cultures. These depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.  While the film does not represent our view, it is being presented as it was originally created so as to acknowledge these prejudices existed and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together. “We can not change the past but we can acknowledge it, learn from it and move forward together to create a tomorrow that today can only dream of”. 

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Event Details

Date: June 20, 2021

Start time: 04:00 p.m. AEST

End time: 06:00 p.m. AEST

Venue: Paragon Theatre

Directions: 75 Churchill Street, Childers (Opposite IGA)

Phone: 0478066724

Email: [email protected]