Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Never Ending Cinema; Yamba Cinema Celebrates 30 Years with Two Invite-Only Nostalgic Screenings

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Never Ending Cinema; Yamba Cinema Celebrates 30 Years with Two Invite-Only Nostalgic Screenings

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Byline: Ana Vlastaras ana.vlastaras@dailyexamienr.com.au

DURING this month the Yamba Cinema has been celebrating its 30th Birthday; however the real party will begin this Saturday night.

Debbie McCredie, the owner of Yamba Cinema, says she is proud to celebrate the milestone with the community that the cinema has entertained for three decades.

"We have organised two invitation-only events for the long standing customers and business partners this weekend which will be a bit of fun," Debbie said.

The first of the events will take place on Saturday night with a screening of 9-to-5, the second highest grossing film from 1980, the year the current Yamba Cinema opened.

"The highest grossing film from 1980 was Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back so we went with the film that had a little bit more of a wider audience appeal," Debbie said.

"We also chose 9-to-5 to tap into that nostalgia that is associated with the days gone by."

All of the invited guests have been asked to come dressed up as their favourite movie character or film star to get the night off to a fun start.

On Sunday it is the kids turn with a screening of the 1984 classic, The Never Ending Story.

"The kid's event is invitation only too. We sent out a notice to our mailing list with 100 free tickets on offer and they were snapped up pretty quickly," Debbie said.

"On the day there will be games and giveaways out the front of the cinema before the film."

The aim of the weekend for Debbie is to display the cinema as what it was in the day that it opened, but also show how the facility has changed over the years.

Debbie's family has been involved in the cinema and entertainment industry for four generations.

"In the early 1950s my parents Merv and Elaine Cousemacker had a touring cinema which screened movies each night of the week except Sunday because it was against the law to screen on Sundays back then.

"They screened movies at Nymboida, Tucabia, Copmanhurst, Glenreagh, Brushgrove, Lawrence and Ulmarra," Debbie said.

In the early 1960s the couple moved into the Picture Palace at Maclean and screened there for many years until the building was sold. …

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