CIN­EMA CLOSES DOORS

Sad news for lo­cal movie buffs

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - James Liveris James.Liveris@west­ern­starnews.com

CIN­EMA Roma has of­fi­cially closed its doors, last­ing no more than four months with the big screen.

At about 4pm on Tues­day, Cin­ema Roma’s of­fi­cial Face­book page an­nounced its clos­ing to the pub­lic.

“Af­ter much de­lib­er­a­tion and care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, Roma Cin­ema re­gret­fully ad­vise that the cin­ema is now closed.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the com­mu­nity sup­port over this short pe­riod and apol­o­gise for the in­con­ve­nience, as a pub­lic post was only able to be put in place to­day.

“Any­one who has a voucher are en­cour­aged to bring them to OgilV En­ter­tain­ment for a re­fund.”

Movie buffs Terry and Shenen Ogilvie took on the reins on the project in June this year, jump­ing from video to the big screen as the the­atre's new man­agers.

Man­ager Terry Ogilvie said he and his wife en­joyed run­ning the cin­ema.

“We would’ve loved to have kept it run­ning, but un­for­tu­nately it wasn’t a vi­able busi­ness,” he said.

“We loved own­ing a place where peo­ple in the com­mu­nity could go for en­joy­ment, whether it was for a date or a place to take the kids.

“We took a gam­ble tak­ing it on, hop­ing it would do well but due to eco­nomic rea­sons we had to make a judg­ment call and shut the doors.”

Mara­noa Mayor Tyson Golder said it was cer­tainly a set back for the com­mu­nity.

“It’s im­por­tant to have a cin­ema in town for the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“In my per­sonal opin­ion the coun­cil needs to find a way to keep the cin­ema go­ing, as we’ve now had some­one start it up and seen that it wasn't vi­able.

“It’s no dif­fer­ent to a swim­ming pool and other things that we op­er­ate for the com­mu­nity and I be­lieve if there is help needed there we should do that to ben­e­fit the Mara­noa.”

Cr Golder said plans for the coun­cil to take over the cin­ema has been brought up be­fore but they didn’t have any track record of whether it was vi­able.

“We now have proof, so it is def­i­nitely some­thing I will be bring­ing up in coun­cil again,” he said.

“And then we can see if there is sup­port there to look at how we can give that op­por­tu­nity to the pub­lic to go to the movies in the Mara­noa.

An out­pour­ing of pub­lic sup­port for Terry and Shenen Ol­gilvie’s ef­forts to keep the cin­ema alive have been dis­played on so­cial me­dia.

“Terry and Shenen you were amaz­ing to at least try,” res­i­dent Ca­role Tucker said.

PHOTO: MOLLY HAN­COCK

CLOSED AGAIN: Cin­ema Roma an­nounced to­day they have of­fi­cially closed the doors.

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