Span­ner thrown into the cin­ema works

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

THE push for an Air­lie Beach cin­ema has been a long time in the mak­ing, but the man be­hind the mis­sion is still work­ing to­ward the project based at the Beach Plaza.

Ini­tially the Salt restau­rant fire pre­sented chal­lenges to the cin­ema, orig­i­nally slated for com­ple­tion in March be­fore be­ing pushed back to Au­gust.

Then, pro­po­nent Ron Har­ris said the af­ter­math of Cy­clone Deb­bie and a se­ri­ous health is­sue now cast a cloud over when it would go ahead.

Mr Har­ris was di­ag­nosed with a melanoma on his lip and awaits over­seas test re­sults to de­ter­mine whether the can­cer spread.

How­ever, he is still com­mit­ted to start­ing at least the plan­e­tar­ium pro­posed for the top floor.

“I paid a $47,000 de­posit on an eight-me­tre dome so what I’ve done is... con­verted it to a five-me­tre dome so I can do the video devel­op­ment for 360-de­gree view­ing,” he said.

“I or­dered cam­era mounts on a he­li­copter to film 360 de­gree footage of the Great Bar­rier Reef so I will con­tinue with the devel­op­ment from home in my hangar house.”

The dome is ex­pected to ar­rive in Au­gust.

PHOTO: SHARON SMALLWOOD

ON SCREEN?: Ron Har­ris is still work­ing to­ward a cin­ema and plan­e­tar­ium at Beach Plaza.

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