Unrealestate strike deal to preserve historic Sawtell Cinema
THE HISTORIC Sawtell Cinema and Theatre appears to have a long term future after a deal was struck this week to preserve the valued community asset.
Unrealestate Coffs Coast is behind a preservation venture and made an announcement on Facebook overnight.
"After many months of hard work and negotiations, Unrealestate Coffs Coast are proud to announce that we have put together an agreement which will please everyone in the community and preserve a much loved icon, the Sawtell Cinema," the post read.
"Many thanks to Carole Beros for the introduction to the owners, the Brissett Family, who had been on the market for some time with other agents, and Stephanie Ney for her vision.
"The ball is now firmly in Coffs Harbour City Council's court, with a development application in place, by the new owners to be, to renovate the cinema and keep it as an important part of the social fabric of Sawtell."
The First Avenue landmark was listed for sale in 2012 with a price tag of $1.75 million after being in the hands of the Brissett family for 71 years.
Doris and Alan Brissett purchased the building in 1941, adding wooden seating tiers and converting it into a cinema.
The need to upgrade cinema technology from film to digital played a major role in the decision to sell, with a serious investment of funds required to update the cinema to new standards.