Curtain falls on cinema

THE credits will scroll down the big screen at Richmond Valley Cinemas for the last time tomorrow night.

After more than 11 years running the cinema complex in Kyogle, owners Stuart and Margaret Everett have decided to retire, and will close the cinema after tomorrow night's screening of The Tree, which is showing as part of the Big Screen Film Festival.

The decision to close the cinema, which has developed a loyal following of film-goers from the Kyogle and Casino districts, was not an easy one.

“We've been thinking about retiring for a couple of years,” Mr Everett said.

“I'm 73 and Margaret is 70 now.

“We finally made up our minds and, while we're saddened, it was simply time.

“Hopefully the cinema won't be closed for good.

“It (the complex) is for sale and we're hoping it will open again under new ownership.”

The Everetts developed the cinema complex from scratch.

A lifetime cinema buff, Mr Everett bought the old RSL Hall in Bloore St, Kyogle, and redeveloped it, adding two movie theatres and a foyer. The complex was opened in September 1999 and has been run successfully ever since by the Everetts.



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