It was a night of celebration at Methven’s Movie Theatre, Cinema Paradiso last Friday night.
Richard Sheppard and Julie Clements hosted the party to celebrate their new business together at the cinema. Richard said, “The cinema has come along way since its days as The
Medway on Bank Street. We are no longer an art house cinema and are currently the smallest theatre in New Zealand able to screen mainstream blockbusters. OJ and Irene Dodson were instrumental in bringing the cinema to where it is today but as they were ready to move on, Julie stepped up to take the cinema on and into the future.”
The Cinema was decorated for Christmas and the Grease party theme with the help of Denise Dixey’s magical touch, Richard’s tenacity, Julie and her son George’s fearless ability to climb ladders! Two gorgeous hot rods were parked outside, kindly donated by Gerard and Annmarie McCloy. The green 1929 Model A Ford is Annmaries runaround!
Matt Pickersgill brought Truck Norris, to provide the food for the evening, which everyone agreed was delicious.
As Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and Frenchie danced and sang on the screen, local T Birds and Pink Ladies laughed and sang along with them. Although the words were up there, a few members of the audience obviously didn’t need them, as they knew them off by heart.
Julie said, “It was a great night and although I’ve watched the movie a zillion times over the years, it never gets old! I love movies from all eras and am really excited about co-owning the theatre and being a part of the local business community. It has been a steep learning curve, making sure the movie starts on time and that I get all the tech stuff right to ensure that the audience have a great experience. Apart from a couple of technical (human) hitches, so far so good!”
The cinema is ready for the summer holiday season with some great movies for young and old. “The other fun aspect of working here,” said Julie, “is dressing up! We’ve just had the midnight showing of the new Star Wars movie, Jack Sparrow is returning next year along with the new Beauty and the Beast movie, I can see pirates and princesses wandering the streets of Methven.”
You will find the latest schedule in Snowfed, cut out and keep it on your fridge!
You will also find it on Facebook whilst a new website is under construction and there are a few aesthetic changes to the cinema itself in the pipeline too.