And action! Sawtell’s big screen is back
MONTHS of crowd-funding and dedication to revive one of Sawtell's much-loved local treasures came to fruition this week.
The Sawtell Cinema launched with a bang on Wednesday evening with the midnight premiere of the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.
Both cinemas were booked out and packed to the rafters with many Luke Skywalker and Han Solo look-alikes gracing the halls.
The re-opening follows the overwhelming community campaign, Save Sawtell Cinema, earlier this year where hundreds of locals and big names threw their support at the crowd-funding initiative -including renowned movie critic David Stratton and Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight.
Majestic Cinemas CEO, Kieren Dell,said result of a "fantastic community contribution", thanking locals who not only participated in the crowd funding effort but invested their own money in the cinema.
"What they've done is absolutely fantastic, this is a magnificent facility that they've built they've done it really well," Mr Dell said.
"The general community, just talking to people out the front door in the last few days everyone is just so excited to see it back."
Mr Dell said the inclusion of Sawtell Cinema in the Majestic cinemas group- an independent film business on the Mid North Coast- instils the local icon with "secularity and an independent spirit' that enables it to be in-tune with community.
"We listen to the community about what movies they want to see, what events they want to hold," he said.
"We aren't dictated by a big head office that says 'you have to run this, you have to run that."