We’ve Found Just the Right Managers for Our Cinema

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Several months ago we started a search to find the right people to run the cinema we are all working so hard to reopen. Early on we discovered that running a cinema is a specialised skill. We needed professional cinema managers with distributor relationships to ensure that the cinema could deliver the experience we all expect.

The challenge, of course, has been finding those professional skills without sacrificing the community feel we all cherish at Sawtell Cinema.

Majestic_logo_LgeSo we are delighted to announce that independent cinema operators Majestic Cinemas will take on management when the cinema reopens in December.

Many of you will already be familiar with Majestic, who run the cinema at Nambucca Heads. This is just one of five regional cinemas they currently operate throughout NSW. There is little question that they have the experience and relationships we need.

But most important to those of us who love this cinema, is the fact that the Majestic people are locals at heart. They get this community and our love for our little cinema.

Local Coffs Harbour resident, Brenton Spoehr, will be the man in charge of programming the films. Brenton has worked at Sawtell Cinema previously, having managed the programming under former owner/manager Col Brissett, so he has a strong sense for the local audience.

Bellingen resident, Judi Quinn will manage the cinema on a day-to-day basis. Judi has been one of the managers at Majestic’s Nambucca Heads cinema for over 10 years, so she brings plenty of experience and a real passion for both the area and the types of films we all love.

Of course, the question on everyone’s lips is, “What sort of movies will they show?” Majestic’s commitment is to show high quality and art house films, combined with access to major releases and family friendly films during the holiday periods. A number of film festivals will be run throughout the year to add a little spice to the programming.

Specific plans will be developed in coming weeks, and you can expect to see people from Majestic out and about in our community getting a feel for the needs of individuals, companies and community groups.

Don’t think this means that Sawtell is going to start showing all the same films as Nambucca: quite the opposite in fact. The five screens now available across the two locations will enable Majestic to offer a wider variety of film choices, with Sawtell’s selection skewed to quality and art house film.

I hope you will join us in welcoming Judi and the Majestic family to the Sawtell Cinema fold. We have all worked so hard to secure the building and to bring our cinema into the 21st century. It’s a relief and a thrill to have found a team with Majestic’s experience and love of film to open the doors into the future.

If you have questions about the redevelopment or management of Sawtell Cinema please feel free to email us or post on Facebook.  We have prepared some answers to the most frequently asked questions which you can check out here.