Pro­posal for coastal-style ex­pan­sion to Yamba icon

The Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - ADAM HOURI­GAN adam.houri­gan@dai­lyex­am­

Deb­bie McCredie con­tin­ues her fam­ily’s legacy of screen­ing films and hopes a long-held plan to ex­pand will keep the cinema rolling into the fu­ture

IT IS a plan 15 years in the mak­ing, and this time around Deb­bie McCredie is con­fi­dent her vi­sion to up­grade the Yamba Cinema will come to fruition.

Ms McCredie has lodged a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion with Clarence Val­ley Coun­cil to re­fur­bish and ex­pand the cinema build­ing and, if all goes to plan, hopes to be in by Christ­mas.

The plans in­clude cre­at­ing a sec­ond cinema at the rear of the cur­rent cinema, new seats and re­fur­bish­ment of both cinema ar­eas, and a func­tion area for pri­vate par­ties and fundrais­ers, as well as show­ing out­door cinema in the fu­ture.

“The de­sign of the build­ing will still be a beach-style theme. I don’t want it to end up look­ing like a mul­ti­plex, it will have a coastal feel to it,” Ms McCredie said.

“The front area we will build right out to the bound­ary, (and) will have con­certina doors with nice open frontage.”

Ms McCredie bought the cinema from her par­ents in 2004, and pre­vi­ously had plans ap­proved for ex­pan­sion in 2008 how­ever a few ob­sta­cles have held up pro­ceed­ings since then.

Two weeks af­ter the plans were ap­proved, the site for the


tem­po­rary cinema Ms McCredie would use dur­ing con­struc­tion was sold, be­com­ing the cur­rent McDon­ald’s site.

Also, in the past few years, all cin­e­mas in Aus­tralia were forced to con­vert to dig­i­tal, with new pro­jec­tor tech­nol­ogy cost­ing into the hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars.

To top it off, last year a storm dam­aged the cinema struc­ture. With the pro­jec­tion room be­ing ex­posed to salt­wa­ter and sea air, the pro­jec­tor had to be again re­placed.

Ms McCredie said the storm did give her rea­son to up­grade to the lat­est laser pro­jec­tors, an­other of which will be in­stalled into the pro­posed new sec­ond cinema.

She said the up­grade would slightly re­duce the num­ber of over­all seats (cur­rently 200) dur­ing the cinema’s re­con­fig­u­ra­tion. De­spite this, Ms McCredie said it would im­prove the va­ri­ety of movies avail­able to be screened at the cinema, and also al­low for newer re­lease movies.

“Some new movies have to be guar­an­teed a cer­tain num­ber of screen­ings, so with only one screen it lim­its what we can show – there’s only so much time in ev­ery day,” she said.

“With an­other screen, we can show other movies, and show more closer to their re­lease date rather than wait­ing.

“It also means we can show more art­house-style movies, and do a lot more fes­ti­vals.”

Ms McCredie said the plan was put in place to of­fer more to the pub­lic, both vis­i­tors and lo­cals, and en­sure the longevity of the cinema in Yamba.

“As an in­de­pen­dent cinema, the dig­i­tal changeover closed a lot of small places, so we’re do­ing this to make sure we’re still here for the longterm,” she said.

It will be nec­es­sary to close the cur­rent build­ing for a few months dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the up­graded fa­cil­ity, and Ms McCredie is still look­ing for a tem­po­rary venue.

Photo: Coastal Build­ing De­sign

Plans for the up­grade to the Yamba Cinema for which a DA has been lodged.

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