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 was 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.
Initially films were shown once per month, however, sufficient demand was experienced and films progressed to a fortnightly screening and sometimes a weekly basis.
The cinema transitioned to a digital format and now screens movies Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. With additional irregular screenings of one off movie screenings, youth movie nights and family fun movie nights on Friday nights.
Euroa Community Cinema is a Strathbogie Shire managed program which is overseen by an operating committee made up of shire staff and council volunteers. Instrumental to the success of the Euroa Community Cinema is a committeed group of local community members who volunteer each weekend to screen the movies. Volunteer roles include; kiosk operation, ticket box and projectionist.
The Cinema continues to host a wide variety of films suitable for all ages including near-recent releases, educational films, special feature films, etc.
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