THE stars have aligned for a new era at the revamped Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre and regular screenings of films, both new releases and cult classics, will be at the heart of it.
Wonthaggi Theatrical Group productions, school and community concerts and dance group performances will still have priority, but when it’s available, the Bass Coast Shire Council wants to fill the venue with film lovers, almost every day of the week.
The council’s ideas that have gained traction in the community include:
• Monday Matinees: Classic films geared for seniors to enjoy
• Trendy Tuesdays: For fans of art house and independent films
• Wacky Wednesdays: The best comedies to have you in stitches
• Thursday Thrillers: Fright night in Wonthaggi
• Family Fridays: Take the kids out for some wholesome fun
• Weekend wonders: New releases continue to come to town.
Filmgoers will be encouraged to dress up to fit the theme, whether it’s Star Wars, the Blues Brothers, Wayne’s World or Nightmare on Elm Street.
Associated activities and competitions are also set to be part of the fun.
The council’s Recreation and Culture coordinator Mark Lindsay said the aim is to appeal to new audiences.
“We’re not competing with Stadium 4 in Leongatha. This is something totally different.”
Mark said the council has developed a close relationship with the Bass Coast Fine Film Group which will continue to screen its monthly offerings for members.
He said retired manager of the Wonthaggi Union Cinema, Keith Stevens is also providing valuable support in the transition phase.
This transition will see the council take on the management of the venue with the ultimate goal of attracting the biggest and best acts for the Bass Coast community.
“We want the arts centre to become a real cultural space, more than just the cinema,” Mark said.
“The more successful the cinema is, though, the better the chance we have of getting in some big acts that we haven’t previously been able to get to Wonthaggi.”
The arts centre is undergoing a facelift and will be ready in time for new release screenings for the holidays from today (Wednesday), with movies including animated musical comedy ‘Sing’; ‘The Founder’ starring Michael Keaton as McDonalds founder Ray Kroc; mystery thriller ‘The Girl on the Train’ starring Emily Blunt; and Harry Potter spinoff, JK Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.
These Happy Holidays films will be screening until January 11 when more new releases arrive. Check www.uniontheatre.org.au (currently under construction) closer to the date for all the details.
Following the busy summer season of new releases, the cinema will host the annual Fine Film Festival in the third week of February, before the regular weekly themed program commences later in that month.
Keep an eye on the Sentinel-Times for details.