Cinema ticking the boxes
Since its first ever screening on December 22 last year, the club’s membership numbers have increased by over 40 per cent.
“You wouldn’t find another (cinema) like it,” Mr Peacock told The Free Press.
Mr Peacock spoke of what a privilege it has been to a part of the process in front of more than 40 guests at the cinema’s official grand opening on Wednesday, October 3, opening his speech with “what a journey it has been”.
Mr Peacock was joined by club President Malcolm McLean, local MP Greg Aplin and Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke in welcoming the guests on the night, before the cutting of the ribbon and entrance into the 58seat cinema.
“What a great accomplishment this is,” Mr Aplin said, using many popular movie quotes to entertain the guests.
“It really adds to the strength of Corowa and there is now another offering for visitors to this town. Long may you have a great time in the Federation Cinema.”
The development of Federation Cinema received $585,000 from council through a NSW Government Stronger Communities Major Project Fund in 2017.
“It’s a wonderful asset and great cinema. Let’s hope the future of the golf club can prosper,” Mayor Bourke said.
From the original concept to its completion the cinema took approximately 12 months, however the construction alone took just six weeks.
Mr Peacock said the main challenges involved in the building process was bringing the rest of the building up to standard since they had to do major works and operate on other parts of the golf club complex.
The Corowa Golf Club took the project on themselves, having to manage it on their own without the assistance of a cinema expert.
“We used Bilney’s – local builders. Everything we could source locally, we did,” Mr Peacock said.
“Only things that we really couldn’t get locally was sourced outside of the local area. There were hundreds of thousands of dollars injected into the community just from the construction phase of it.”
Mr Peacock said he is confident the Federation Cinema can continue to blossom although it hasn’t yet exceeded his expectations due to lack of marketing. He said the cinema is yet to reach its full potential.
“The cinema has really got the local community coming back and enjoying the facilities here. It used to be too far for anyone to come out too but now it’s not,” he said.
“It’s another reason for non-golfers to come out here.”
Mr Peacock praised everyone’s efforts who has had a bit to do with the cinema to date, particularly his staff who, despite the many interruptions due to trade, “still provided the best service they could for the customers in a time where the club was being uprooted”.
Mr Peacock also thanked the local Corowa community for their support and coming out to watch movies. “Invite everyone else to come out and enjoy it as well because they’ll be quite surprised,” he said.
The Federation Cinema has movies playing every day. You can book tickets at the club or by visiting its website here: https://corowagolfclub.com.au/.
Corowa’s modern and luxurious Federation Cinema is the best single cinema complex between Melbourne and Sydney, according to Corowa Golf Club General Manager Daniel Peacock.
Mr Aplin was using many movie quotes to entertain the guests when speaking at the Golf Club.
It was all laughs when Greg Aplin cut the red ribbon, prior to entry to the cinema where several movie trailers and a short clip about Corowa awaited.