On This Day … 15 September [2022]


  • 1915 – The Empire Picture Theatre (now The New Empire Cinema), the oldest running cinema in mainland Australia, opens in Bowral, New South Wales.

People (Births)

  • 1946 – Oliver Stone, American director, screenwriter, and producer.
  • 1958 – Wendie Jo Sperber, American actress (d. 2005).

People (Deaths)

  • 2017 – Harry Dean Stanton, American actor (b. 1926).

The New Empire Cinema

The New Empire cinema is a cinema in Bowral, New South Wales. Open since 1915, it is the oldest continuously running cinema in mainland Australia.

The New Empire has four screens, and can hold up to 560 people. The cinema is run by Richard Ruhfus, David Graham and Gerard Aiken, and a staff of 24 employees.

Oliver Stone

William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter.

Stone won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as writer of Midnight Express (1978), and wrote the gangster film remake Scarface (1983). Stone achieved prominence as writer and director of the war drama Platoon (1986), which won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture. Platoon was the first in a trilogy of films based on the Vietnam War, in which Stone served as an infantry soldier. He continued the series with Born on the Fourth of July (1989) – for which Stone won his second Best Director Oscar – and Heaven & Earth (1993). Stone’s other works include the Salvadoran Civil War-based drama Salvador (1986); the financial drama Wall Street (1987) and its sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010); the Jim Morrison biographical film The Doors (1991); the satirical black comedy crime film Natural Born Killers (1994); a trilogy of films based on the American Presidency: JFK (1991), Nixon (1995), and W. (2008); and Snowden (2016).

Many of Stone’s films focus on controversial American political issues during the late 20th century, and as such were considered contentious at the times of their releases. They often combine different camera and film formats within a single scene, as demonstrated in JFK (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), and Nixon (1995).

Like his subject matter, Stone has become a controversial figure in American filmmaking, with critics accusing him of promoting conspiracy theories, and of misrepresenting real-world events and figures in his works. He has been frequently critical of American foreign policy and approved of leaders such as Hugo Chávez and Vladimir Putin.

Wendie Jo Sperber

Wendie Jo Sperber (15 September 1958 to 29 November 2005) was an American actress, known for her performances in the films I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Bachelor Party (1984), and Back to the Future (1985), as well as the television sitcoms Bosom Buddies (1980-1982) and Private Benjamin (1982-1983).

Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton (14 July 1926 to 15 September 2017) was an American actor, musician, and singer. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Stanton played supporting roles in films including Cool Hand Luke (1967), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Dillinger (1973), The Godfather Part II (1974), Alien (1979), Escape from New York (1981), Christine (1983), Repo Man (1984), One Magic Christmas (1985), Pretty in Pink (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Wild at Heart (1990), The Straight Story (1999), The Green Mile (1999), Alpha Dog (2006) and Inland Empire (2006). He had rare lead roles in Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas (1984) and in Lucky (2017), his last film.

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