Letters to the Editor

Updated September 11 2016 - 9:42am, first published 8:47am

Second cinema, greater choice?

As one who enjoys movies, it was pleasing to note that Showbiz Cinemas intend opening a theatre in Delacombe next year. However, checking out their website, it appears their average mix of movies is very similar to the Regent's offerings. Ballarat is lacking in regular foreign films and with U3A Ballarat offering seven French, five Italian and two German classes, plus a local branch of Alliance Francaise, and the Ballarat Italian Association, it shows there is a market for these films if presented occasionally. Geelong cinema has regular French films each weekend that people from Ballarat attend. We must also take into account all our new migrants to Ballarat who speak many languages other than English. There are many discerning movie goers not interested in watching American blockbusters or teen comedies. Melbourne cinemas host many international film festivals successfully. Certainly cinema managers must weigh up the costs in presenting so-called art-house movies but surely, if other cinemas support them, why not Ballarat?