Big screen on wheels idea up and rolling


A MOBILE cinema, roving the Clarence Valley and giving small communities access to films on the big screen.

This is the proposal being considered today at the Clarence Valley Council's (CVC) community and cultural services committee meeting.

CVC cultural development co-ordinator Brendan Smith said this would be the first airing of the plan and he hoped council would get behind it.

"It's not a commercial venture to compete with the cinemas in Grafton and Yamba, it's about working with them and with the communities and giving them access to entertainment," he said.

The CVC cultural section is proposing a six-month trial of the project, beginning with a series of showings in relevant communities.

"Jackadgery, Wooli, Glenreagh; anywhere that people have to travel quite a way to see a film are the places we're looking at, but it can be anywhere that's away from the major population centres," he said.

"But then there's also the possibility of showing a film in Maclean, where there's quite a large population base but the cinema closed some time ago. If it takes off then there are lots of possibilities."

Mr Smith, who used to work with the NSW Film and Television Office, said the idea was a follow-on from the office's regional cinema program. Iluka took part in the program a few years ago when they screened films outdoors.

"Further along we'd hope to train volunteers about projection so people can take an active role in showing films in their communities. The idea is that it's a cinema run by communities, for communities.

"Movies are one of those things that prove to be perpetually popular and it's something people always enjoy, so I hope council will really take this on board."

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