There are eight venues currently in the Regional Digital Screen Network.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Forum 6 Cinemas, Wagga Wagga, serves a town of 57,000 nestled on the banks of the magnificent Murrumbidgee River. The Forum's 1300-seat capacity complex was officially opened in 1997 and comprises of six large screens, stadium seating and a coffee shop.
"Forum 6 Cinemas is very excited to be part of the Regional Digital Screen Network in Australia. The opportunity to screen a wider range of high-quality Australian movies to Wagga Wagga's regional community will be fantastic for us."
Kris Rogers, Cinema General Manager, Forum 6 Cinemas, Wagga Wagga NSW
Majestic Cinemas, Singleton, in the heart of the NSW Hunter Valley, boasts excellent facilities, including stadium seating, four screens and an in house cafe. A new focus on programming Australian content and a commitment to community partnerships has been positively received by the surrounding communities. During 2006 Rose Point Cinema (part of the Majestic Cinemas) has hosted Youth Week events featuring short films produced by local young people, and a self-managed Big Screen Film Festival including free school screenings; it also won the Singleton Chamber of Commerce's 'Most Outstanding Business Award' (Hospitality Section).
"The decision to join the RSDN was an easy one as the project fits so well with our vision of cinemas being places of community enrichment as well as places of business. It can be frustrating for people in regional areas who love film, and particularly Australian films, to have to wait to see new product. Indeed sometimes we are denied the opportunity to enjoy them on the big screen at all. This project means improved access for regional Australia and that can only be a positive. We are proud to be a part of it."
Kieren Dell, Owner, Majestic Cinemas, Singleton NSW
Katherine Cinemas 3 has been operating since 1998. The cinema is an important venue for the surrounding communities, and is utilised for everything from sporting activities to schools screenings. The cinema regularly hosts events run by the local film society, the local Arts Council and Blue Light children's nights. Katherine cinemas 3 is also beginning to take bookings for conferences for groups such as the Cattlemen's Association, which will bring 200 plus people into the venue.
"We have a huge outlying population of both cattle stations and Aboriginal communities who would benefit from the Regional Digital Screen Network. We are very proud and excited to be participating in this project."
Joyce and Tony Adams, Owners, Katherine Cinemas 3, Katherine, NT
Big Screen Cinemas, Hervey Bay, is a modern multi-cinema complex providing the movie-going public in one of the fastest growing regions in Australia with first-release movies presented in superior quality.
"As a partner with the Australian Film Commission in the Regional Digital Screen Network, Big Screen Cinemas Hervey Bay will now be able to offer its patrons first-release Australian movies and alternative screen product in digital format. The RDSN is about providing the regions with greater accessibility to Australian cinema product and both the Federal Government and the Australian Film Commission should be warmly congratulated for the initiative."
Derek Struik, Owner/Manager, Big Screen Cinemas, Hervey Bay QLD
Cinema Augusta is a single-screen cinema located in Port Augusta on the quiet waterways of the Spencer Gulf, north of Adelaide.
"As owners of a small rural cinema we are extremely proud that Port Augusta has been chosen to be involved in this exciting new venture, the beginning of a new era in the digital cinema experience. This is an exciting time for the local community and the outlying regions of South Australia as this will now give us the opportunity to showcase Australian movies at the same time as our city counterparts."
Michelle and Roger Coles, Owners, Cinema Augusta, Port Augusta SA
CMax Cinemas, Devonport, is an independent cinema in the centre of the north coast of Tasmania. CMax prides itself on showing not only the latest blockbusters but also arthouse, foreign, Australian films and documentaries. CMax is not just a cinema; it is a full entertainment venue.
"I am very proud and excited to be involved in the Australian Film Commission's Regional Digital Screen Network. It will broaden the range of Australian films that I can screen in our cinema and that's a big plus for audiences in Devonport."
Katrine Elliott, General Manager CMax Cinemas Devonport, TAS
The Regent, Yarram is a historic Art Deco theatre which has been operating as a cinema for over 75 years. Generations of locals have attended a variety of events including concerts, live theatre, weddings and even funerals, but cinema has always been the main purpose and the local passion.
"The Regional Digital Screen Network provides The Regent with an exciting opportunity to do something it hasn't been able to do ever before - provide our audience from far and wide with the experience of seeing Australian films when they are released and in cutting-edge technology. That is very exciting."
Susan McMillan, Manager, Regent Theatre Yarram VIC
Orana Cinemas, Albany is a four-screen complex located in the city of Albany. The complex has a Mega Screen Auditorium and three smaller screens with an image size of around 12m.
"It is a wonderful thing to be a part of the Regional Digital Screen Network - a truly great opportunity for Albany cinema-goers to be able to enjoy screenings of Australian films, both commercial and art-house, documentaries and short films. Being part of the next great revolution for our industry, digital cinema, makes it all the more exciting. The AFC's Regional Digital Screen Network is a brave step toward getting Australian cinematic art and entertainment closer to the large section of Australia that does not live in the main capital cities. It will achieve this in a way that connects these regional centres around Australia, with a sense of shared experience."
Ronald Siemiginoski, Owner, Orana Cinemas, Albany WA