The loyal regulars already know it but now it’s official: Mount Vic Flicks is the best regional cinema in Australia.
It was voted number one by the Australian Independent Cinemas Association at the recent Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast.
The annual convention gives film industry folk a sneak preview of upcoming films. Spokesman Nick Hayes said the awards recognised excellence in regional cinemas.
“Mt Vic Flicks continues to be a shining example of a passionately run regional cinema whose owners actively engage their local audiences and champion film,” he said.
The news came as a delightful surprise to owners Adam Cousins and Kirsten Mulholland.
“It's always exciting to receive an award being named 'best' anything,” said Mr Cousins. “We're quite proud to have picked up this award, being recognised at a national level, especially after only being in the business ourselves for five years."
Ms Mulholland said they strive to bring “a diverse selection of quality films to the screen from around the world, the best of which are most often supplied to us by the independent distributors".
Mt Vic Flicks is run out of the old community hall and still features old-fashioned leather seats and a candy bar which sells cups of tea and soup with crusty bread alongside the usual hot popcorn and choc tops.
Since the Katoomba couple took over in 2013,they have installed digital projectors, a new sound system and 3D. They also ensure they secure as many arty or indie movies as well as the major releases.
They’re always keen to put on a special show. Last week at a screening of Ladies in Black, their boys Charlie (10) and Finn (8) joined some audience members who dressed in classic 50s outfits.