In 1923 a young man named Allan Tom realised his dream when he 'took to the road' with a 'Travelling Picture Show' . Screening in marques and halls in all kinds of weather, bringing entertainment to people in remote outback areas.

Firstly Allan screened 'silent movies', then with the advent of 'talkies' the 'AMUSU Touring Talkies' was born. A few years later Allan established Theatres in Manildra, Cudal, Millthorpe, Tullamore and Peak Hill.

For 72 years through drought, flood, depression, the advent of clubs, television and video Mr Tom screened films for the small town. He showed his last film in 1995 just a week before his death at age 93. The historic cinema is still operated by the family.

He was one of the pioneers of the Australian Motion Picture Industry and his efforts were rewarded in 1993 when he was awarded the 'Order of Australia' Medal for his contribution to the entertainment industry.

Allan Tom was on the road in the Goldfields and Western NSW until the 1940's with silent movies. The AMUSU Theatre was built in Manildra in 1936 alongside his brothers garage. With its purpose built building, continuous use and moveable heritage collection, the AMUSU is is unique in NSW. Its significance to the state was recognised in October 1996 when it was listed on the State Heritage Register of NSW.

The AMUSU in Manildra was the 18th Theatre to be built in NSW. Three of them are now live stage theatres and one is not working.

Mr Graeme Fleming, General Manager of Cabonne Council said "The recognition of this historic theatre is very importnat, particularly for the local Manildra community.It has been operating continuously since the 1930s and now we are attracting people from from outside the area to come to Manildra to visit the theatre. The theatre is very evocative and visitors can appreciate the architecture and experience what it was like to go to the movies in a bygone era".

With funding through the Heratige Assistance Program and from Cabonne Council, a Conservation Management Plan for the building and its collection of moveable heratige is currently underway.