Friday, July 26, 2013

An epic week!

We finally paid a visit to our local cinemas recently, the recently reopened and refurbished Kingaroy Satellite Cinemas.

I was wondering if the kids would be disappointed in our town's small-scale cinema, in comparison to the shiny city multiplexes they are used to.

Kingaroy Satellite Cinemas are in the same building as the town squash courts, and at the moment, there are only two actual cinemas. One has 75 seats and the other has 42.

But the kids loved the country-style cinema, where we got a park right outside, didn't have to queue, and were able to choose where we sat.

"It's not so noisy and busy," says Mr 12. "And you can see where your friends are sitting," adds Miss 10.

The candy bar prices were reasonable too. Drinks started at $3, and a large popcorn which fed three children (we took a friend) set us back $4.

The cinema has only recently reopened after floods during the Australia Day weekend closed the establishment for the first time in 19 years.

Movie fans impatiently waited nine weeks for the complex to reopen, and it's now business as usual.

Owners Sandra and Terry Greenslade saw the need for a cinema complex in the South Burnett when the drive-in closed down more than 19 years ago.

They were already running the squash courts and decided to think outside the box.

"There was a resurgence in cinemas. Kingaroy didn't have a cinema and we had a building - it made sense," Terry says.

Apart from the prices, there's another advantage to smaller, independent cinemas - they tend to screen only the best movies.

But don't think Terry and Sandra get to sit back and enjoy them! "We wouldn't see 10 per cent of them," Terry laughs.

It's a bit like working in a chocolate shop - they're too busy working to sample the merchandise.

Prices are $11.50 adults, $10 pensioners, and $8 for children. Wednesdays are $8 for everyone.

So what did we see at the movies? Let's just say it was epic.

No really. It was epic.

This is a really cute kids' movie loosely based on William Joyce's book The Leaf Men And The Brave Good Bugs.

Starring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson and Beyonce Knowles, the storyline involves a land occupied by tiny people, the forces of good and evil, a wise-talking slug, forest queen,  shrinking teenager and one-eyed, three-legged dog. Oh and a love story between the afore-mentioned teenager and a tiny man.

Yeah, it sounds all kinds of crazy, and the kids loved it. It passed my sleep test (didn't feel the urge to nod off once), and I even laughed along with them.

The verdict was that epic was awesome!


Not Quite Nigella said...

It's so nice when the snacks don't cost an arm and a leg isn't it! It makes it all the more fun :)

Char said...

When you live in the city you just assume that everyone has access to the services that you do. Like the cinema. It's a bit of a wake-up moment to realise that some people have to make a significant effort to see what we take for granted.

Shelly - Tropical Mum said...

I enjoyed reading about your small cinema. I get so frustrated at larger cinemas and how they seem so greedy for our dollars. Aside from the exorbitant entry price, a large popcorn and a drink is $11!

We saw Epic over the school holidays too, and the kids and I loved it!