A great little theatre is soon to become a great large cinema complex. After 15 years battling with the local council to expand, the land and environment court have finally passed the plans for a new exciting venue. Retaining the existing heritage listed cinema, four new cinemas will be added. Not only have the owners and the locals fought hard for this to happen, the many visitors to the Coast will also be delighted.
In 1948, a garden cinema was opened on the grounds of the owner's home with the projector was mounted on his Veranda. In 1951, the now heritage cinema was built and will be retained within the new complex. Lots of leg room, comfortable seats and wide aisles are much appreciated by the theatre-goers.
Lovers of this cinema return on a regular basis as it screens the latest blockbuster films, arthouse films and concerts and special events. A boutique, licenced candy bar and café add to this unique theatre which has grown like topsy over the years.
Beth and Norman Hunter carry on the family business which now includes third generation members and during the school holidays, fourth generation members help take tickets. This is a success story when many businesses fail within five years of opening.
To the delight of patrons, penguins used to trail along the aisles during screening and now a few rabbits visit the outdoor cafe. Avoca Beach Picture Theatre is in for the long haul thanks to a dedicated family and great forward planning.