Lights, camera and action for new cinema
By EMMA CORNFORD
KING Kong was running rampant in Yamba yesterday, but lucky for locals and holiday-makers he was confined to the former BBC hardware store.
He was, in fact, the star of the first movie to be shown at the new Treelands Cinema at Yamba, which opened at 10.30am yesterday.
The cinema's owner and manager, Debbie McCredie, who also owns Yamba Cinema in Coldstream Street, said the first screening had been popular considering most people were unaware it was open.
"We had a good number of people to the first screening (but) it was mostly our regulars who came along (yesterday)", she said.
"I think a lot of the visitors don't know we're open and are still finding their feet around Yamba at the moment."
Mrs McCredie said the cinema, which seats around 130 people, was more than simply a place to walk in and see a movie.
"We've got all the usual candy bar things up with popcorn and lollies and ice-creams, but in the corner we've also got a heap of games for the kids like air hockey, Daytona and things like that," she said.
"It's to keep the kids happy, but there was just so much room there that we had to fill it up with something and we thought that was a good idea."
And with the cinema air-conditioned as well, it will no doubt be a welcome retreat from the summer heat for many families these holidays.