Rochdale Theatre projector stolen
By WILL JACKSON
JENNIE HICKS' plans to screen boutique movies at Goonellabah's Rochdale Theatre have been thwarted after thieves stole projection equipment.
The potentially lucrative source of funding for the Lismore Theatre Company has been lost after a break-in last week.
"We were going to screen alternative-type films. We didn't want to compete with the commercial cinemas," she said.
Ms Hicks, the Lismore Theatre Company president, discovered the projector and DVD player were missing.
Ms Hicks said the company had been only part way through compiling a list of assets before the theft.
She said this meant they would not be covered by insurance.
The stolen equipment was worth between $1500 and $2000.
A vacuum cleaner and table cloth were also discovered to be missing.
"We were rather bemused by that," Ms Hicks said.
It is believed the break-in took place between Saturday, June 11, and the following Tuesday.
Ms Hicks said the thieves had tried to force all the entrances to the theatre before gaining access.
They ripped off the brackets securing the projector to the roof.
The lighting box where the DVD player was kept had its door torn from its frame.
Several larger items were left, including a mixing desk, speakers and lights, so the company can still hold shows.
Ms Hicks said that while the theft was not a crushing blow to the company, with one show running and two in pre-production, it would be some time before they could afford replacements.
Ms Hicks said that the theatre had been regularly targeted by vandals.
Lismore police and the crime scene unit are continuing inquiries and seek assistance from the public.
Anyone with any information can call 6623 1599 or Crime Stop- pers on 1800 333 000.