Fi­nal year in the Palace

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The Long-serv­ing man­ager of the Palace Theatre Recre­ation Cen­tre, Steph Open­shaw, is set to hang up her skates and hand over the reins at the end of the year.

Af­ter nearly 12 years in the role, Ms Open­shaw has de­cided to part ways with the skat­ing rink and movie theatre cen­tre, choos­ing to in­stead spend more time with her fam­ily.

Lo­cated in a 1930s-built Burt Street build­ing, the Palace Theatre has been through a num­ber of changes over its near 80 years in the com­mu­nity, but Ms Open­shaw said it still held prom­ise for a bright fu­ture.

“It is hard to know that Christ­mas is go­ing to be it for me, but I know there is a big fu­ture here and I am ex­cited to see where that leads,” she said.

“What I would like to see is the cen­tre fully re­stored, be­cause there are still works in progress to re­store the foyer … and even­tu­ally have all new roller blades.

“And peo­ple en­gag­ing with the cen­tre more, I think it could be utilised more dur­ing the week through­out the day be­cause it just sits here do­ing noth­ing oth­er­wise.”

Ad­mit­ting the Palace Theatre had its strug­gles over the years, Ms Open­shaw said she hoped to see some­one with fresh ideas and spare time on their hands step up to the plate.

She said at­ten­dance at the cen­tre went in cy­cles, some­times see­ing more than 100 skaters dur­ing one ses­sion, and at oth­ers only a few.

“Be­cause this is such a tran­sient town, we of­ten have peo­ple com­ing in who say they never knew we were here … and some­times those peo­ple have lived here for years,” she said.

“So we do have to re­peat some of our ideas ev­ery now and then, be­cause they will of­ten work for a bit and then drop off, and then when new peo­ple come to town it can be pop­u­lar again.”

Ms Open­shaw said she felt the job would be best suited to some­body who did not need to work, but wanted to, and had the abil­ity to give up time on week­ends.

“But on the other hand, if we fill the po­si­tion it might not ac­tu­ally be as man­ager, it might be to em­ploy a few peo­ple to split the work be­tween them over week­ends,” she said.

The Palace Theatre is cur­rently open on Sun­days for two skat­ing ses­sions, be­gin­ners and gen­eral skat­ing, and is also avail­able for birth­day party book­ings, disco par­ties, end of sea­son sport­ing func­tions and movie nights.

Ad­di­tional skat­ing ses­sions on Tues­days and Thurs­days are also in­tro­duced dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

The Palace Theatre Film So­ci­ety screens a movie in the up­stairs cin­ema on the last Wed­nes­day of each month, and the cen­tre has also hosted sit-down func­tions and din­ners in the past.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the cen­tre, phone 0427 990 019.

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