The National Film and Sound Archive

The National Film and Sound Archive Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Twenty-eight staff positions will be cut at the NFSA and the regular screenings at ARC Cinema will be a thing of the past, following a major restructure announced on Friday.

Chief executive Michael Loebenstein said staff numbers would cut from 206 staff to 178 staff across the archive's four Australian offices, although the bulk are in Canberra.

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And the regular year-long program of films at the heritage-listed cinema will be cut to occasional event screenings and public programs.

Mr Loebenstein admitted that the arrival on the market of Palace Cinemas in the New Acton precinct had made it harder to justify spending taxpayer funds on importing international films and securing quality prints to screen to the public.

He made the announcement at an all-staff meeting on Friday, although he said every affected staff member had already been informed of the changes individually.

More to come.