THEY made a point of difference for a night at the movies, but after 19 years Star Cinema has replaced its iconic red couches.
Business manager Martyn Myles said the much-loved couches and armchairs had served them well, but their replacement was overdue and necessary for the cinema’s future viability.
“The new couches are Australian-made, super comfortable and, of course, red,” Mr Myles said.
“This time last year we would never have dreamed that new couches would be possible.
“Thanks, largely, to the overwhelming success of the 2017-18 Bums on Seats campaign that saved Star Cinema from closure we were able to embark on this costly, but necessary, project.”
In addition to the surplus raised through Bums on Seats, funds were raised via public donation and a generous sum via the Empowering Eaglehawk grants program.
“Everyone at Star Cinema would like to gratefully acknowledge all those who have contributed so far,” Mr Myles said.
“Contributions are still welcome via our ‘sponsor a couch’ initiative whereby individuals, couples, families etc. may have their name embroidered on a couch for $400 – become part of the furniture. There are still a few unnamed couches left.
“To complement the new couches we have re-decorated our bar and had beautiful side tables specifically made by Access in Eaglehawk.”
The new couches will be officially launched from 6.30pm Wednesday, October 24 with the film Christopher Robin.
Star Cinema members are free – regular ticket prices for future members. Bookings essential.