About Matt Dann
Theatre & Cinema
MAKING HEDLAND A BETTER PLACE, AND LOVING EVERY SECOND OF IT.
Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema is one of the best experiences the Pilbara has to offer. Featuring the most luxurious seats in Hedland and having recently completed over a million dollars worth of technical refurbishment, you can be sure that every performance or new release movie you see at #yourmattdann is of the highest possible quality.
#yourmattdann was officially opened on Feb 26 1988 and is operated as a shared facility. Owned by the Department of Education and operated by Town of Port Hedland, the arts centre has been providing new release movies and international quality live shows to the Pilbara for 30 years.
WHO WAS MATT DANN?
Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema is named in honour of Matt (Matthias) Dann, a man of Aboriginal descent from Nyul - Nyul tribe on his mother's side and Philippine descent on his father's side, who came to Port Hedland from Beagle Bay in 1927. Matt was the first Aboriginal man to own land in Port Hedland. He and his wife Belinda raised six children. In 1942, along with other local Aboriginal residents, he successfully pioneered primary school education for Aboriginal people in Port Hedland.
Prior to that time Matt was a bosun on the pearling supply schooner "Geraldton". In the 1960's during construction phase, Matt Dann was a leading hand for Goldsworthy Mining's Finucane Island wharf operations. At a time when there were few opportunities for Aboriginal people he was a tower of strength - a giant among men. It is an absolute honor to have our venue named after such a memorable and noble man.