Auction Brings In Over $10000

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Last Saturday’s auction last Saturday was a big success in so many ways!

First it was wonderful to welcome so many old and new friends of the Cinema to Friday’s Open House and Saturday’s Auction. We estimate that over 500 people came through those cinema doors over the course of the two days – it was a buzz!

Then of course there was the excitement of seeing all those wonderful Sawtell Cinema memories find new and loving homes. A Sawtell family will be tinkling the keys of the cinema organ. A local mum will be serving the kids popcorn from a heritage popcorn machine. A man who used to load the films at Sawtell Cinema went home with the old projector.

In total the auction raised over $10,000 and all of these funds (bar the auctioneer’s fees) will be reinvested in the cinema. This is a wonderful head start on the upcoming crowdfunding campaign to help fund new seating. (Hold your horses….we’ll tell you more about this very soon.)

Raising some money was nice (and very much appreciated) – but one of the special moments this week was the opportunity to give a little to our north coast community. After a call for help from Wauchope, we were delighted to donate all remaining banks of seats to be used in a purpose built cinema in Timber Town.

It’s wonderful to think of all these little pieces of Sawtell Cinema scattered throughout our community, bringing happiness!

Thank you to everyone who made our auction a success.


Sawtell Cinema Projector

Former Sawtell Cinema projectionist, David Manuel, goes home with the projector. Perfect!