The Coffs Coast Advocate

And the show goes on . . .

AS the water rose and spilled into Sawtell First Avenue Cinema on March 31, so did the fear that the oldest cinema in the region had seen its last days.

Up until yesterday, the phone message at the cinema was simple. “Due to the severe flooding on March 31, the cinema will be closed indefinitely. Major repairs will have to be undertaken.”

But now, there's a light at the end of the tunnel, and if all goes to plan, the cinema should be open for business in the next two or three weeks.

“We just got the okay from the insurance company on Friday, so now we can go ahead and get the builder in,” owner Col Brissett said.

And so the massive clean up mission begins today. Builders will be hammering, upholsterers will be ripping and plumbers will be tapping as they work to make sure the cinema is back up and running as soon as possible. “We've got builders starting tomorrow (Tuesday), and the upholsterers will be coming in to start on the seats next week. We have to replace the screen as well.

“A lot of the doors are rotted an warped, so they'll need to be replaced, and so do the toilets. We may have to re-open without some of the seats and before th carpet is laid. At this stage it is a bit hard to tell but hopefully in the next two or three weeks we will be open.”• A SPECIAL scheme is available to assist sporting clubs in meeting the costs of restoration of essential club facilities that have been damaged or destroyed.

Under these arrangements the maximum assistance available is $12,000 including a grant of up to $2000 and the balance by way of repayable advance with interest at the rate of 2.85 per cent per annum.

The contact is Brian Lin on (02) 92285198.

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