A BREATH OF FRESH AIR FOR REGENT CINEMA
A cool change is coming to the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah with a new air conditioning system to be installed thanks to $62,000 in funding from The Nationals in Government.
Member for Lismore, Thomas George said the cinema was used as a venue for events and activities for organisations across the Tweed Valley.
“The Regent Cinema was built in 1947, and is the only large auditorium of its type in the region,” Mr George said.
“It has retained many of the beautiful old features of the era, and has provided a venue for films and other cultural activities, including theatre and music, for more than 70 years.
“The foyer and auditorium are currently without air conditioning, which can make it extremely uncomfortable during the summer period, with extreme temperatures resulting in cancellations of events.
“By installing new air conditioning at the theatre, people can enjoy a movie or use the cinema in comfort, all year round. It will also make it easier for people to plan events during summer, boosting the number of activities people can enjoy there. “
Solar panels will also be installed as part of the project, helping to reduce operating costs for the theatre.
Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the grant was funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants program.
“More than $50 million in funding is being provided during this current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture,” Mr Toole said.
These grants are funded by a contribution from the state’s registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machines back into community projects.
PHOTO: Maria Barbieri – Murwillumbah Regent Cinema, Thomas George – Member for Lismore, Ken Rippin – Murwillumbah Regent Cinema, Austin Curtin – Nationals candidate for Lismore