Lights, camera, action! Euroa cinema celebrates 15 years

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ENTERTAINING EUROA FOR 15 YEARS… From left, Euroa Community Cinema volunteers, Leanne Baker and Lorraine Millard are welcoming everyone to come and watch a movie at the unique cinema. Photo: Katelyn Morse.
ENTERTAINING EUROA FOR 15 YEARS… From left, Euroa Community Cinema volunteers, Leanne Baker and Lorraine Millard are welcoming everyone to come and watch a movie at the unique cinema. Photo: Katelyn Morse.
ENTERTAINING EUROA FOR 15 YEARS… From left, Euroa Community Cinema volunteers, Leanne Baker and Lorraine Millard are welcoming everyone to come and watch a movie at the unique cinema. Photo: Katelyn Morse.
ENTERTAINING EUROA FOR 15 YEARS… From left, Euroa Community Cinema volunteers, Leanne Baker and Lorraine Millard are welcoming everyone to come and watch a movie at the unique cinema. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

CHOCTOPS and popcorn were excitedly consumed at a recent celebratory screening of Love Actually at the Euroa Community Cinema in commemoration of 15 years of good old-fashioned entertainment.

Boasting humble beginnings in an exceptional location, the Euroa Community Cinema officially opened its doors on Friday, November 14, 2003. The Bury Street Euroa Community Conference Centre has a beautiful art-deco design and a heart-warming nostalgia that’s often lost in modern theatres.

Since 2003, the cinema has hosted over 1,600 screenings of over 760 different films and throughout this time, the Euroa Community Conference Centre has grown markedly. Initially showing one film per fortnight, the cinema has since expanded to show one film per week, with additional Friday night screenings, community fundraiser films and school holiday matinees for kids.

Over the 15 years, the cinema has had over 80 local volunteers dedicate their time and energy into bringing the cinema to life on the weekends; assisting with running the projector, selling tickets and working the kiosk.

Local film enthusiast, Lorraine Millard has volunteered her time every week since the opening and says she’s proud of how far the cinema has grown since its humble inception.

“There have been several major changes throughout my time here as a volunteer. The biggest change was when we moved the balcony chairs to downstairs and installed the new cinema seats,” Lorraine said.

“It was also a pretty major change when we upgraded to digital from analogue. The difference is certainly notable and this cinema sounds and looks just as good as any major cinema screen.”

The Euroa Community Cinema is always seeking new volunteers and they are encouraging anybody interested in putting up their hand to assist to email council offices at [email protected] or call 1800 065 993. To view the full list of fantastic films forthcoming at the cinema, visit the Shire of Strathbogie Council website.