Star is, oh, so close

Sidney cinema just shy of $185,000 fundraising goal

Sidney’s Star Cinema is within $5,000 of their goal for upgrading their projectors and the theatre’s new seats are expected to be installed next month.

“We were hoping to have the seats put in by March but then we thought it would be better to stay open for both spring break and Easter rather than being closed while the kids are out of school,” explained cinema owner Sandy Oliver, adding there is a exciting list of movies coming up for those enjoying their two week spring break.

“We’ve got some great movies coming up for children, including Oz which opened this week and Jack the Giant Slayer which opens next week.”

The theatre has been inching closer to their goal of raising $185,000 for new digital projectors and seating and they are now sitting only $5,000 away from that fund being topped up. The initiative to update the theatre started this past summer after it became clear that the well-loved theatre needed an update and two digital projectors to keep up with the times.

Last week, a $5,000 donation from Joyce Mitchell, a theatre patron who had previously donated to the cause, helped the Star get within the last few thousand dollars of their goal.

“It’s very generous,” Oliver said of Mitchell’s donation. “She’s donated several different ways and I think it’s very impressive she’s done so much for us as an individual. We’re getting very, very close to our goal now and it’s very exciting. You never know where that last $5,000 is going to come from.”

“I donate because I feel that (the Star) is a unique and wonderful place for people to enjoy positive energy within the community,” said Mitchell.

“I encourage others do to the same because I think many people would feel a great loss without a place like the Star.”

For a list of spring break movie scheduling and ways to donate to the Star, visit www.starcinema.ca.