Mayor addresses rumours about council reopening Cinema Roma
MARANOA mayor Tyson Golder has thrown his support behind the council acquiring Cinema Roma to bring the latest releases from Hollywood back to southwest Queensland.
Hints of a possible deal between Cinema Roma and the Maranoa Regional Council have been dropped on social media with the current owners of the building sharing a post from Cr Golder and his ambitious plan to purchase the theatre and sell $5 tickets.
The Facebook post gathered close to 100 'likes' with several locals calling it a "brilliant" idea and noting "if Western Downs Regional Council can manage a community cinema, why can't MRC?".
In November 2018, the owners of Cinema Roma announced their plans to close the doors and the idea to re-open the building has been floated ever since.
The mayor said while no official plan is in front of council at this moment, he would love for council to visit the idea in the coming months.
"In my personal capacity, I'd like council to consider a community cinema in the future," Cr Golder said.
"There's plenty of benefits to having a community cinema in town but the business model will need to be looked at completely differently.
"With having $5 tickets, it will ensure a lot more people come through the doors and it will be a great social activity for all ages and everyone can get out and meet others, which is something we need now more than ever.
"What seems to happen is that ticket prices need to go higher and higher to cover costs, but we need to look at a different business model to make it more affordable and that's why council has to be involved to make it work."
The original post was posted by the mayor in March, when he was campaigning on improving the 'liveability' in the region.
"My personal view is that the community cinema won't just be for Roma, but the whole of the Maranoa to improve the liveability of the whole region," he said.
"I've heard of Roma residents travelling out to Chinchilla to just go to the movies.
"It's obviously something we need here.
"I'm all about attracting more people to the region and keeping our locals happy.
"So to me a community cinema would be a very valuable thing."