En­ter­tain­ment re­tain­ment

South Waikato News - - Front Page - LUKE KIRKEBY

Trav­el­ling out of town to see the lat­est block­busters on qual­ity screens can now be a thing of the past.

3D Cin­e­mas Toko­roa in Lo­gan St re­cently re­moved its tired Time Zone fa­cil­ity to in­stall a brand new state-of-the-art dig­i­tal screen. The cin­ema now has two dig­i­tal screens and one which also of­fers three di­men­sional movies.

Coro­man­del based owner Tony Richards, who brought the cin­ema two years ago, said he was ex­cited to be of­fer­ing Toko­roa a top qual­ity fa­cil­ity.

’’When I was walk­ing around town two years ago and talk­ing to peo­ple they said they go to Ro­torua or Hamil­ton to watch movies or do their shop­ping but I hope by of­fer­ing a fa­cil­ity that is just as good peo­ple will start spend­ing there money back in the com­mu­nity and won’t feel they have to travel out of town,’’ he said.

‘‘Lots of peo­ple say they also don’t have a lot to do in Toko­roa but this will be a great way to get them out of the house.’’ We will be pro­vid­ing top films like they do in Auck­land but we will do it bet­ter.’’

Richards said Toko­roa should be proud of hav­ing such a fa­cil­ity.

’’The com­mu­nity should be very proud to have the only dig­i­tal and three di­men­sional the­atre out­side of New Zealand’s main cen­tres,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s thanks to the con­tin­ued sup­port of peo­ple in Toko­roa and sur­round­ing towns that we were pre­pared to give back to the town. I think it’s a great com­mu­nity and if you re­ceive sup­port you have to give back,’’ he said.

Al­though the busi­ness went into re­ceiver­ship with a for­mer owner sev­eral years ago Richards said busi­ness had picked up sub­stan­tially since he took over which he put down to his ded­i­cated team.

Busi­ness and op­er­a­tions man­ager Shadna Nand agreed.

‘‘This is one of the hard­est jobs be­cause peo­ple come here to be en­ter­tained and if they are let down they soon let you know so my team has been amaz­ing and worked re­ally hard to get us to where we are now,’’ she said.

Richards, said he brought the busi­ness be­cause he be­lieves Toko­roa has a bright fu­ture.

‘‘ I saw a great op­por­tu­nity and with the coun­cil’s plans to re­de­velop Leith Pl and new busi­ness de­vel­op­ments such as Fon­terra’s Lich­field plant I think Toko­roa’s fu­ture looks very good.’’

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