Cinema plan on the move
THE Southern Downs Regional Council has insisted it is not going into competition against Warwick Twin Cinema, despite approving a recommendation to purchase a “community cinema” at committee level earlier this week.
SDRC economic development officer Sarah Reeves conducted a feasibility study into the viability of running a commercial cinema in Stanthorpe; however this report deemed that it would not be a viable option.
Instead she presented two other options, which involve purchasing an inflatable cinema screen and related equipment which council can lease out to community groups.
Council approved spending $16,500 at the Community Services Committee meeting on Tuesday to purchase this equipment, which will need to be ratified at next week’s general meeting.
Community Services director Tony Minuti said council was definitely not setting itself up in opposition to the Warwick Twin Cinema.
“There is no intention to go into competition with the Warwick cinema,” Mr Minuti said.
“The intent would be for community groups or organisations to hold showings or movie releases that might come up.”
In the report Ms Reeves said the Queensland College of Wine Tourism and the Shake, Rattle & Bowl in Stanthorpe had both shown interest in using the community cinema for 18-plus and under-18 events respectively.
Mr Minuti said while the intent was for the community cinema to be leased by community groups in Stanthorpe, it would not be restricted to that town.
“Say a group in Leyburn wanted to hire it out for a night cinema ... it would be available for people in other parts of our community,” he said.
“We’re not going to hog it in Stanthorpe ... but its main use will be Stanthorpe.”