Adelaide’s Newest Bar/Film House Is Coming This Month

Haunted chairs, funeral parlour curtains, a bar, and popcorn. Adelaide’s newest bar/film house is set to wow and entertain.


Sax & Violins is Adelaide’s first film society with a strong focus on independent, experimental, less commonly screened film, and film art. Driven by husband and wife team, Ash D’Antonio-Hocking and Chris D’Antonio-Hocking Sax & Violins will cater as a means to share their passion for film, art and South Australian brewers and winemakers.

Sax & Violins will launch on 15 February with the Renew Adelaide program at 195 Pirie Street thanks to property partner, the City of Adelaide.

With vintage seats from the old Tailem Bend Freemason Hall and cinema curtains from an old UK funeral parlour, the vibes of the joint are set to be vintage, with a hint of spook.

Renew Adelaide CEO, Tim Boundy believes that Sax and Violins is a great concept that can build a community of film lovers around its new space and that Ash and Chris are passionate doers that continue on in this vain. By Renew Adelaide supporting these up and coming ideas and projects will lead to more and more people willing to try new things and create an exciting city experience.

Sax & Violins owner and co-director, Ash D’Antonio-Hocking said, “My experience as a part of Adelaide’s art community has helped me realise the importance of local creative communities and the keen-ness for coming together to celebrate this type of art. Sax & Violins is a new, independent establishment that is here to cater to the community, test our ideas and to help strengthen invaluable bonds that are created through the sharing of art, culture and of course, a good drink.”

Sax & Violins is a member of the Australian Film Society Federation giving them the ability to operate as a not for profit under a membership model. Members will have an option to choose between a four screening trial membership, with three and six-month memberships also on offer.

Films will be screened as part of curated programs testing the definition of what are usually considered ‘cult classics’. Programs will consist of older lesser screened films, independent Australian and Overseas and straight to VHS/DVD films. Informing the curation will be the juxtaposition and complementary nature of specific genres, themes, and directors changing fortnightly and monthly. Programs will culminate at the end of the month with special events playing host to guest speakers, Q&A’s, artist talks and panel discussions. Sax and Violins will also host a bar offering South Australian beer, wine with the venue available to hire for exhibitions, private parties, private screenings and small work functions.

Renew Adelaide’s activities in the City of Adelaide are funded by the Government of South Australia and the City of Adelaide.

Open hours:
Thu-Fri: Bar, 3pm ~ screenings 5pm & 8pm
Sat-Sun: Bar, 12pm-late ~ screenings 2pm, 5pm & 8pm Location: 195 Pirie Street, Adelaide 5000

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