Hindmarsh Shire Council considers retro film fest for Nhill

HINDMARSH Shire Council is considering a retro film revival, with the Nhill Cinema unable to show new releases.

The cinema is still equipped to play 35-millimetre film reels, which are no longer in production.

Corporate and community services director Anne Champness said the industry went digital this month.

"This means all cinemas have had to change their equipment," she said.

Council has been investigating the most suitable equipment to screen digital films at the cinema in Nhill Memorial Community Centre.

The cinema has been temporarily closed, pending purchase.

"Because the cost of digital equipment is significant, we are investigating funding sources," council chief executive Tony Doyle said.

About 50 people attended the final 35-millimetre film screening, The Hunger Games Catching Fire, on January 17.

However, Ms Champness said there could be scope to re-open the cinema for special screenings of retro movies.

"If anyone has a request for a movie, we'd like to hear it," she said.

Ms Champness said the existing equipment dated back to the 1980s, when the Nhill Memorial Community Centre was refurbished. It was redeveloped again in 2008, officially opening in July 2009 with a screening of the 1932 film Dad and Dave: On Our Selection.

"Construction of the Nhill Memorial Community Centre commenced in the later part of 1926," she said.

"The theatre was built in brick and steel, at a cost of 11,000 pounds."

The community centre is still available for private and public functions, even though the cinema is closed.

Ms Champness encouraged people to email any movie suggestions to info@hindmarsh.vic.gov.au with their contact details and the movie they would like to see.

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