Sydney youngster Connor Carr grabs a box of popcorn off Wonthaggi cinema attendant Eric Hartwell, while visiting the area last week. rg160217

THE Bass Coast Shire Council’s relaunch of the cinema at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre has proven successful so far, with the cinema quite busy during the day.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said running a cinema is a whole new business for council.
“While, as expected, there have been a few teething issues, the overall feedback so far has been brilliant, and the community is extremely happy to see the continuance of cinema in Bass Coast,” she said.
The movie Sing has proven to be a real hit with families, and is screening until Wednesday, January 11, along with ‘Where to Find Them’, ‘The Founder’ and ‘Girl on a Train’.
Starting from Friday, January 13, Little Men, Mad Max Fury Road and Office Christmas Party will be screening, along with Sing and The Founder.
A Red Dog and La La Land special will be held in early February.
Wonthaggi mother Shelley Rutjens dropped her children off at the cinemas on Friday and said she was glad to see the Wonthaggi Cinema back in action.
“We need it open more often for the locals. It’s too far to go to Leongatha,” she said.
“I work full-time and so does my husband, so to drop the kids off at the movies is great.
“There are some good choices and good family movies. There are different times and it works well in the holidays and keeps the kids out of the heat and gives them something to do.”
She said it was a great move by the council.
“If they have more of it, it keeps teenagers off the street,” she said.