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The Reading Room

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by Chelsea Ayling (subscribe)
Adelaide-girl relocated to Melbourne. Healthy obsession with live music, film and performance, whiskey, wine and gin, Mexican food, brunch.
Published August 2nd 2011
Not everywhere on Hindley Street is a place for suspect characters to congregate under garish neon lights. In fact, one of the most charming places I've ever been is located at number 153 Hindley.

The Reading Room is open from 2pm to 7pm, Monday to Saturday , but don't let the name fool you.

This place is an all-in-one lounge, library, gallery and cinema, providing the perfect place for to meet friends, join discussion groups, watch a documentary, see some art or simply curl up on a quaint couch with a new zine or your favourite book.

You can catch Meg Cowell's photography exhibition To the Surface as part of the SALA festival at The Reading Room, and there's a healthy calendar of events throughout the year which you can learn about through the blog or Facebook.

The Reading Room is part of Renew Adelaide, a not-for-profit project aiming to give under used and empty buildings and shopfronts in urban Adelaide a new life, to the benefit to the community. It's run by locals and is big on supporting local artists so stepping inside gives you a real slice of Adelaide talent and culture.

The Reading Room is currently in need of monetary donations to help with the installation of brighter lighting. Only $249 more is needed and there's a range of incentives for people looking to donate $10 or more. You can donate here.
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Why? The comfort of your lounge room
When: Monday to Saturday, 2pm to 7pm
Where: 153 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Cost: Free
I've always been really intrigued by this place, but I've never had the guts to actually go there. I don't know what it is, but I always feel quite intimidated by small places, and worry that if I go check them out I'll be surrounded by a whole load of people who all know each other but don't like me. Like turning up at a party of someone you don't know.

It is silly I know! I would really like to check this place out though, so maybe I'll have to get the courage to do so.. :)
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Friday, 19th of August @ 02:18 pm
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