Star Cinema fundraiser is a wrap

Local theatre reached its fundraising goal this week

Star Cinema owner Sandy Oliver celebrates the theatre reaching its $185

The fundraising efforts for new seating and digital projectors are a wrap for Sidney’s Star Cinema.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Star reached its $185,000 goal to put towards upgrades for the small theatre, including new seats and two new digital projectors which will be installed in April.

“In one sense it’s been overwhelming,” said theatre owner Sandy Oliver. “It’s just been amazing to see people come forward and tell us how much they appreciate having us in the community. There are just so many people to thank, from the donors to our staff and everyone in between.”

The fundraising initiative was started during the summer of 2012 and was boosted by donations through the fall and winter.

A $5,000 donation earlier this month from Peninsula resident Joyce Mitchell and a $3,000 anonymous donation received Tuesday were the last major pieces of the fundraising puzzle to fall in place.

“I even had to turn away a $150 dollar donation on Tuesday afternoon,” said Oliver.

“It’s amazing how the community rallied around us and we are very thankful to everyone who donated.”

“It’s a real compliment to the community,” added Mitchell.

The Star is planning a grand re-opening after the seating and projectors are installed. Check for updates at www.starcinema.ca.