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Letter to the Editor: Ingham Picture Theatre

3/September/2021

Ingham Picture Theatre

Ingham Disability Support Services would like to formally inform the movie goers of the Hinchinbrook Shire and surrounds of our very sad decision to relinquish the lease of the Ingham Picture Theatre.   

First and foremost, our aim with the Ingham Picture Theatre was to keep this facility available to the people of Hinchinbrook, many of whom have enjoyed the entertainment and many of whom have a connection to IDSS. It is with great regret we have had to make this decision. Over the last seven years, we have continually improved our operations to try and break-even; alas the losses have been too great. The last 18 months through COVID has been particularly difficult and we could not carry on maintaining the facility without help.  Therefore, the Ingham Disability Support Service Management Committee decided that we need to focus our funds on our core business – being people with disabilities and our aging community members who utilise our services.  

Our movie and live theatre patrons have been fierce and strong supporters.  We have really enjoyed bringing great live acts and providing fabulous entertainment to the people of Hinchinbrook and beyond.  COVID19 has taken its toll and our numbers have reduced and the blockbuster movies have been held back.   The added decision of the movie houses to stream movies the day after they have come out in cinemas means that many people choose to stay at home and view them.  

We will be opening our doors for the last time on October 31, 2021. 

It is understood that the Council will honour any bookings that occur after this date. 

From all of our staff, past and present, to our theatre community thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support. 

Kind Regards,

Liz Sutton

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