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Media Resource Centre

The Media Resource Centre (MRC) started life in 1974, and is one of the longest established members of the Screen Development Australia national network. The first MRC was located at 1 Union Street Adelaide and moved to a larger location in Pirie Street during the early 1980’s. The Centre recognised the need to foster new and emerging filmmaking practice in SA before access to video and digital media emerged. During the 1980s and 1990s the MRC evolved to provide access to emerging audio-visual technologies. The MRC also provided an avenue to screen local filmmakers works and other independent, alternative or community films and hard to find international films. It provided an equipment base and the space for filmmakers to work on their projects, network with others and attend seminars and screenings. In 1992 the SA government established the Lion Art Centre in Morphett Street, Adelaide, a purpose-built arts precinct that houses a variety of arts organisations, galleries and theatres. The MRC relocated to the West End and also opened the Mercury and Iris Cinemas. At this time the MRC merged with Commedia, South Australia’s community media organisation.