Cinema 2 funds in place for 3D
Hawera Cinema 2 is going 3D as its operators try to turn their fortunes around.
The final funding application has been approved, meaning South Taranaki moviegoers will be able to don their 3D glasses as early as next month.
The trust made $130,000 worth of applications to get the new equipment into one of its cinemas to save ratepayers forking out any more money.
Chairwoman of Hawera Cinema 2 Trust, Shona Glentworth, said they would capitalise on the lucrative school holiday market.
The cinema was starting to gain traction again and the buzz was building.
"We are looking forward to a really good year."
Mrs Glentworth said the new gear would be installed well in time to screen Peter Jackson's latest film The Hobbit.
Cinema manager Kirsty Bourke said they were getting the newest version that would easily handle the latest revolution in 3D.
The cinematic leap raises the projection rate from 24 to 48 frames per second and is being pushed by the likes of Jackson and director James Cameron.
Last year, the cinema received an additional operating grant from the South Taranaki District Council to take its annual funding up to $100,000.
The move came after hundreds of submissions flooded the council seeking continued support.
Earlier that same year, the council put community services and development group manager Fiona Greenhill and councillor Andy Beccard on the trust, and Mrs Glentworth replaced long-term chairwoman Paula Barton.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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