Second Yamba cinema to reel in movie-goers
By ADRIAN MILLER
BLOCKBUSTER movies are as much a part of the summer holidays as Christmas and going to the beach.
And while in the past the people of Yamba have had to miss out, or been delayed in seeing some of the year's biggest movies, that will no longer be the case.
From Boxing Day the Yamba Cinema will open another screen based in the old BBC Building on Treelands Drive.
The new facility means Yamba will house two permanent cinemas from the coming holidays onwards.
Cinema owner Debbie McCredie said the extra screen would allow her to show more movies, more often.
"We've now got two locations in Yamba from Boxing Day which will enable us to show a lot more movies over the school holidays," she said.
"It's wonderful for the town that visitors to the town will have access to all the new release movies that they would see in the city."
Mrs McCredie said the new facilities would ensure a comfortable movie-going experience.
"We've had to put in a 17-foot high wall to soundproof it all and air-conditioning in the cinema," she said.
"We've had to buy new projectors and everything, including new screens.
"It's been a mammoth task to do it, but come Boxing Day it's going to be worth it."
Mrs McCredie said people looking for work would also benefit from the new cinema.
"We've basically got to double our staff in order to man the two sites," she said.
And it seems movie-goers will benefit as well, with The Chronicles of Narnia, The Legend of Zoro and Just Like Heaven all opening at the cinema around Christmas.
These will be added to the likes of King Kong and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which have already opened.
Mrs McCredie said a major redevelopment of the current Coldstream Street site was also planned for next year.
"On this complex we will have three new units, car parking going in under the cinema and two new screens to add to our existing one, so it's a major operation," she said. "We're hoping to do it in two stages so we can get the two new cinemas built and hopefully move into them while we're redoing the old one.
"So hopefully by Christmas next year we will have three new cinemas here in Coldstream Street."