Get out of the house with Evans open air cinemas

EVANS Head residents and visitors have the chance to make the most of balmy summer evenings at one of four free open air cinemas during the Christmas-New Year holiday period.

Evans Head Open Air Cinema launches its first screening on Boxing Day on the Evans Head foreshore, with movie of choice being Reef 2 - High Tide.

The Evans Head Bowlo and the Evans River K-12 School will also be transformed into outdoor movie theatres, with Frozen being screened on January 6 at the Bowlo, and Morning of the Earth on January 14 at the school.

Despicable Me 2 will be showing on January 2 at a location yet to be announced.

But it's not just movies to keep you entertained - Evans Head Open Air Cinema will this summer include a circus workshop space, live music, live performances and many more experiences the whole family can enjoy.

As a major sponsor, Richmond Valley Council welcomes this addition to its calendar of events.

According to Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett, a really important part of open air cinemas is to make film accessible for the community; to have people come together and sit out under the stars to watch some great films together.

Cr Bennett said he was pleased the Council was able to financially support Evans Head Open Air Cinema and he hoped everyone would take advantage of this series of free family-friendly events.

"This marks an exciting time for the community of Evans Head - not only will Evans Head Open Air Cinema draw tourism to the area and promote local business, it will also bring a more vibrant sense of community through the provision of free cultural activities in a family-friendly outdoor atmosphere," he said.

Other local businesses and organisations partnering with the event include the Riverfront Kiosk, The Bowlo Clubs & Cabins, Sandcastles Early Education Centre, The Mid-Richmond Neighbourhood Centre, the Evans River K-12 Community School, and the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Museum.

Event organiser Wade Mackinnon said the creation of partnerships meant the open air cinemas could be hosted in various locations throughout Evans Head, with the intention of fostering tourism and promoting businesses.

For more information about the summer program head to the event's Facebook Page.

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