Strathbogie Shire Council

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Euroa Community Cinema

Cinema Background

The Euroa Civic Centre Hall had previously acted as a cinema until it ceased operation in the early 1980's. Given the relatively limited entertainment opportunities, particularly for children and youth, within Euroa and District, the need for an alternative affordable, social and educational facility was determined to be a priority. This is where the idea of restoring the Euroa Civic Centre to its former glory to enable its use as a cinema was born.

Consultation was undertaken with potential cinema users in the municipality, particularly those residing within 30km of Euroa, and strong support received. Prior to applying for funding, Council engaged consultants MGS Projects Pty Ltd to undertake a project evaluation which made recommendations in relation to stage, audio and projection equipment and acoustic treatments.

 

The Cinema is Born!!

Council subsequently applied for and was successfully granted funding from the State Government’s Regional Arts Infrastructure Allocation – Regional Cinemas Program to upgrade the existing Euroa Civic Centre Hall to enable its use as a Cinema.

The total cost of the project was approximately $80,000 with funding provided by the State Government and Council on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

After a lot of hard work by community volunteers and Council staff, the Euroa Community Cinema was opened amidst great fanfare in November 2003. The event was formally mentioned and congratulated in the Victorian Parliament by local member Robert Mitchell, Member for Central Highlands who attended the event on behalf of the State Government.

It was initially intended that films would be shown once per month, however, sufficient demand has been experienced and films are now shown on a fortnightly, sometimes weekly, basis.

The Cinema is entirely volunteer run and our thanks go to those wonderful people who do all the work behind the scenes to ensure that films are shown on a regular basis.

The Cinema continues to host a wide variety of films suitable for all ages including near-recent releases, educational films, special feature films, etc.

 

It is imperative that the Cinema continues to receive strong community support so make that extra effort to come along and see a film.



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