Cinema tick­ing the boxes

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAR­RYD BARCA

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.

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