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Cinema a great learning enviornment for youth

Year 9 Goulburn Valley Grammar student Ben Templeton has had a ball volunteering at the Euroa Community Cinema for the last three weeks as part of a school community service project.

Ben was asked to choose an organisation to complete eight hours of community service and thought his local cinema would be a great experience.

"Volunteering at the cinema was a way to do something that I'm really intereted in," Ben said.

During his time at the cinema, Ben has assisted with getting the projector up and running for the movies, sold tickets at the front counter and cleaned and prepared the cinema before and after screenings.

Ben has already exceeded the eight hours of volunteering because he has enjoyed his time at the cinema so much.

His favourite part of the experience has been sitting in on some fantastic movies, including Wonder Woman, which screened earlier this month.

Ben has also enjoyed learning how to work the projector and the history of cinema technology.

"I liked learning about how cinemas have changed over the years and how they work today," he said.

Ben spent a lot of his time assisting Brendan Paterson, who is a long-serving cinema volunteer.

Brendan has enjoyed having Ben around to help out.

"It's great to see someone like Ben come in and have the opportunity to learn in a new environment," Brendan said.

Brendan is a school teacher and said experiencs like Ben has had are crucial to a young person's development.

"Getting kids ready for pre-employment is so important and the Euroa Community Cinema is a great way for kids to experience things like customer service, managing a live venue and socialisation," he said.

Brendan also said the matinees of The Lion King and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for kids during the school holidays were a huge success.

"It's so unique for a small town like Euroa to have something like this; we are so lucky to have a cinema," he said.

For more information about upcoming movies, visit the Euroa Cinema icon on the homepage of our website or access the Euroa Community Cinema Facebook page.


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