At the Daylesford Cinema AGM this week, the President, Gina Lyons said that she hoped the next AGM would be held in the new cinema. But this is the fourth AGM at which she has had to report that the deadline for completion is not entirely clear.

At the meeting, the Rex Hub Project Manager, Bruce MacIsaac, thanked the members of the Cinema for their patience. A minor amendment to the planning permit, to remove the café, will go before Council in December. If there are no objections, work at the Rex will resume in mid-January and is expected to be completed by mid-June 2021.

The Cinema has not operated in the Rex since 2017.

It was able to screen films at the Victoria Park Pavilion and the Town Hall, particularly during the school holidays, until 2019. Neither of the venues was viable financially and, given some unavoidable ongoing costs, the Cinema’s cash reserves have been dwindling year-on year.

This current financial year, the committee is focusing again on trying to minimise expenses and to save as much cash as possible before the reopening of the cinema.

The committee has been engaging with Mr MacIsaac and the new architects and technical consultants appointed by the Shire to ensure that the new cinema will be very high quality. The Council has agreed to provide excellent seating in the Auditorium and a state-of-the-art screen.

And the community has certainly not given up on the Cinema. More than 20 die-hard supporters joined the Zoom AGM to re-elect the Committee and to thank them for their passion and dedication to getting the best possible Cinema for Daylesford.