INGHAM’S historic Kelly Theatre has been saved from closure thanks to a $74,200 grant from the Newman Government.
Hinchinbrook Shire Council received the money from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program to replace soon-to-be obsolete projection equipment with the latest digital systems to bring the theatre up to industry standard.
Hinchinbrook MP Andrew Cripps said it was particularly rewarding to win the fight to keep the theatre’s doors open, and that he had lobbied hard to make sure Ingham got the money.
“The Kelly Theatre is so much more than just a cinema. It’s an entertainment hub used for live theatre, musical performances and community events,” Mr Cripps said.
“Ingham wouldn’t be the same without the Kelly, and hopefully the new upgrades will keep it viable long into the future.”
Mr Cripps said a wide variety of people in the Herbert River District used the theatre regularly, but he was particularly pleased that young people and seniors would still have access to a picture theatre in Ingham.
Local Government Minister David Crisafulli, born and bred in Ingham, said the theatre would not be able to show new release movies without the upgrade, casting serious doubt about its future.
“This will breathe new life into the ageing icon and allow locals to keep pace with the latest films from Hollywood and around the world,” Mr Crisafulli said.
“I have great memories of the Kelly Theatre and want to ensure the next generation of Ingham kids can feel the same way.
“I’m happy this money will allow those traditions to continue on a Saturday night from Cardwell to Rollingstone for a long time to come.”
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