The folks of Sidney adore their unbiased theatre!
Star Cinema provides the folks of the Saanich Peninsula a spot to assemble and kind a neighborhood round movie.
As of final weekend, the theatre is open of their model new area which incorporates three screening rooms.
Star Cinema has been in enterprise since 1998 to supply the small city of Sidney and its neighbouring communities a spot to go and see a movie with out having to go all the best way into Victoria.
They anticipated principally teenagers to be their demographic and have been stunned at what number of seniors turned frequent guests of the cinema.
The now multi-generational cinema has at all times introduced in every kind of movies for its demographic of individuals of all walks of life, massive hits and unbiased artwork movies alike.
“It’s at all times been our objective to supply quite a lot of movies, not simply the blockbusters however the little gems and particular requests,” Sandy Oliver, proprietor of Star Cinema, advised Victoria Buzz.
“Some folks have been coming since they have been youngsters and now they’re bringing their youngsters.”
After two years in building limbo, they’ve simply moved to their totally new area in a apartment growth constructed by Casman Properties.
When the City of Sidney realized that the property wherein Star Cinema referred to as house was up on the market, they tried to assist safe assist from a developer who might discover a new area that may work for the cinema and the folks of Sidney.
Casman Properties started working with the township and the theatre in 2018 to incorporate an area for Star Cinema of their proposal for a brand new apartment growth within the coronary heart of city on Third Avenue and Sidney Avenue.
The developer additionally helped Star Cinema to discover a short-term house for the 2 12 months interval that building was underway.
“The city mainly stated they have been going to discover a developer who wished to be sure that this cinema continued, which was unbelievable,” stated Oliver. “I feel they even handed a particular requirement that this be a film theatre in perpetuity.”
“It’s a difficult factor to do, constructing condos above a film theatre. Casman has achieved an exquisite job.”
Two of the three screening rooms on the theatre’s new area are fairly giant, having the ability to maintain 135 and 120 folks respectively. In addition they have a 3rd screening room that may maintain 40 folks they’ll make the most of for personal occasions and unique screenings.
On Friday, November 4th, the theatre opened its doorways to the general public for the primary time of their new area.
“There’s issues to get used to in a model new constructing and we’re going to need to take the time to make it our house however we had an exquisite opening weekend.”
“We have been making an attempt to maintain it quiet to type out just a few kinks as we get used to being ‘full-serve once more.’”
Star Cinema nonetheless has but to plan a correct ‘grand opening,’ however they’re pondering someday in mid-December they’ll host an occasion to rejoice their new area.
One other manner unbiased, neighborhood theatres like Star Cinema separate themselves from giant theatres by catering to their particular person communities wants and remaining humble and inexpensive compared to mega-cinemas.
“We attempt to maintain issues easy,” Oliver advised Victoria Buzz. “Our costs are what they are saying they’re, taxes included.”
“Actually, I feel the truth that it’s very neighborhood based mostly is what units us aside.”
“As a lot as we’d like to verify we cowl the prices, we attempt to maintain issues inexpensive as a result of we wish households to nonetheless really feel like they will come out.”
“I don’t know some other place you’ll be able to nonetheless get a combo for $5, a small drink and popcorn.”
Despite the fact that they haven’t had their grand opening but, Oliver and her workers are comfortable to be of their model new theatre.
“It’s been so pleasant to see our fantastic acquainted faces again and listen to such good feedback of how a lot folks have been ready to have us again on the town,” stated Oliver.
“It’s going to take some time to make it our house, it wants just a little extra color from us however we’ll get there.”