Sawtell Cinema work set to start
LOCAL construction company FM Glenn will start on renovations to the Sawtell Cinema next month.
The chair of Sawtell Cinema Pty Ldy, Jill Nash, said A broad reaching review was undertaken to choose the right builder for the highly anticpated Sawtell Cinema job, including local and non-local builders. She said in the end it was FM Glenn's strong local ties that won them the contract.
"We had always hoped we could keep this project local, so we are just delighted that a local builder came forward with the best proposal for the cinema," Ms Nash said.
Other local firms have developed the renovation plans.
Sawtell's g2 architects have contributed detailed plans that both brings the cinema into the 21st century as well as retaining its heritage.
Local interior designer Jodie Anne Parkhill donated her skills to the project by establishing a design for the inside of the cinema that celebrates its art deco roots.
A recent launch of a crowdfunding campaign to help fund the purchase of all new seating for the cherished local icon has already reaped enormous dividends.
Hopes to raise $75,000 over an eight week campaign have been exceeded with the money raised in the space of only three weeks.
An effort that Ms Nash admits has blown her away.
"We knew this community loved Sawtell Cinema, but the support surpassed all of our expectations," she said.
"This just goes to show what the Coffs Coast is capable of."
The campaign has decided to up the ante to try and reach a figure of $125,000.
"If we could raise another $50,000 that would fund screens in both cinemas," Ms Nash said.
"It would be a spectacular result if our local community could fund both the seats and the screens which are the absolute heart of the cinema."