CINEMA CLOSES DOORS
Sad news for local movie buffs
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.
CLOSED AGAIN: Cinema Roma announced today they have officially closed the doors.