State Government grant lets Tenterfield cinema go digital

KYOGLE'S cinema has gone digital, now it's Tenterfield's turn.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has announced the Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School of Arts Cinema will receive a $32,604 grant to provide a new 2D digitised projection system, replacing the current 35mm film projection system.

The upgrade was needed to allow the cinema to continue showing new films but would also allow it to start screening live events such as operas and national shows.

"It's an excellent outcome for the cinema as the community relies on the School of Arts building as a hub for many cultural activities and social events," Mr Marshall said.

"If the cinema stayed with the old 35mm projection system it would eventually lose the capacity to show new release films as the movie industry is moving away from the traditional format and into the digital age."

The income provided by the cinema was vital to the other activities of the School of Arts complex, Tenterfield Shire Council business and cultural development officer Harry Bolton said.

"This is great news for our community as it keeps the facility alive and gives people a reason to keep coming."



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