Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema is named in honour of Matt (Matthias) Dann, a man of Aboriginal descent from the Nyul-Nyul tribe on his mother's side and Philippine descent on his father's side, who came to Port Hedland from Beagle Bay in 1927. Matt was the first Aboriginal man to own land in Port Hedland. He and his wife Belinda raised six children. In 1942, along with other local Aboriginal residents, he successfully pioneered primary school education for Aboriginal people in Port Hedland.
Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema opened in 1998 and continues to boast the most luxurious seats in Hedland, as well of one of the best theatre experiences in the Pilbara, having completed over a million dollars worth of technical refurbishment.