For most of its history people have been interested in getting out of the old Adelaide Gaol rather than getting in. However since 1988 Adelaide Gaol has been an extremely popular tourist attraction, and the annual discounted Open Day held for the About Time History Festival attracts large crowds.
But on Monday January 5 and on January 19, you can watch free movies at an indoor cinema in the old Adelaide Gaol courtesy of Splash Adelaide. The free movies Monster House and Ghostbusters will be shown in B Wing, part of the "New Building" completed in 1879. The spooky 140 year old stone walls will be the ideal setting for the two movies that are on offer - the gaol is renown for some ghostly apparitions.
On January 5 Monster House (PG) will be screened - a 90 minute animated comedy about three teens who discover that their neighbour's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster. Doors open at 10.30, and the movie will start at 11am.
On January 19 the all time hit comedy movie Ghostbusters (PG) screens, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver. Doors will open at 1.30pm for a 2pm movie start.
Due to the limited seating for only 90 people in B Wing, you must book early for these movies. They are going to be almost as popular as the first Open Day for Z Ward at Glenside Hospital!
Bookings for the free movies must be made by calling Adelaide Gaol on 8231 4062 to secure your spot(s). Entry to the New Building which includes "A", "B" and "C" Wings and Exercise Yards is free, but if you wish to enter the remaining part of the museum normal admission charges apply.
Expect one (or more) of the Fork on the Road fleet of food trucks to be awaiting you at the entry to old Adelaide Gaol, so there's no need to be hungry during the film. Unfortunately you probably won't be able to buy Jaffas or FruChocs to roll down the aisle though.
Bit more of my history. Again "way back when", in the early 60's I worked for the old Public Buildings Department. One Job I was on was to sand the floor of a new room (Demountable) in the male section. The next job was in the female section. Here I had a tool box with me, a male guard was detailed to look after me, and the tool box. Every 15 minutes a female guard was detailed to check up on US, to make sure we were OK.......
Splash Adelaide are implementing some fantastic new events into the city, and it's great to see the popularity of each and every one lapped up by Adelaide's enthusiastic locals. Ghostbusters would be a great one to see in the old Gaol - spooky!