Mount Vic Flicks impresses MP Walt Secord

Adam Cousins and Kirsten Mulholland outside their cinema which so impressed MP Walt Secord.
Adam Cousins and Kirsten Mulholland outside their cinema which so impressed MP Walt Secord.

Mount Vic Flicks has won praise from a state politician, who was so impressed with his recent visit he made a speech about the cinema in Parliament.

Opposition arts spokesman, Walt Secord, described it as "a fantastic piece of NSW heritage enjoying a dynamic new lease of life".

He said the cinema, built in 1934, was "a window into the golden age of the Australian country picture theatre culture that was once the cultural hub of almost every town no matter what the size".

He loved the old-fashioned leather seats and the candy bar where you can buy tea and scones as well as popcorn and choc tops.

Mr Secord told parliament that while on a short stay in the Mountains, he leafed through the Blue Mountains Gazette and saw an ad for a National Theatre Live (NTL) screening of Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

"The ad carried a tiny nondescript, but unusual, request. It asked that patrons email to reserve seats for the 12 October session. Initially, I was incredulous about the need for the reservation in a regional cinema, but it turned out to be necessary as the film was almost sold out.

"Imagine my delight at seeing the very best in world theatre available to a regional community and that community embracing the opportunity with such enthusiasm."

He lavished praise on owners Adam Cousins and Kirsten Mulholland who took it over in 2013 and have since installed digital projectors, a new sound system and 3D technology.

It was another glowing tribute to Mt Vic Flicks after the cinema last year was awarded best regional cinema in Australia by the Australian Independent Cinemas Association.

Ms Mulholland said Mr Secord had forwarded a transcript of his speech.

"We feel very honoured, it was a great surprise."

She also said the NTL screenings were proving increasingly popular.

"We've been noticing a growing following. People who come for the first time are impressed with how immersive it is. It's as if you're right on stage with these actors who are at the top of their game like Ian McKellan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Imelda Staunton, Gillian Anderson and a host of others."

She said NTL was the next best thing "unless you can secure a ticket and get yourself over to London".

The productions don't get released on DVDs or shown on television so can only be seen at cinemas.

Mr Secord had one more word of thanks after his Mt Vic Flicks experience: His spouse left behind an umbrella which was of sentimental value.

"We telephoned the cinema and Adam answered. He was already in the middle of preparing an email to tell us that he found an umbrella between our seats," Mr Secord said.

"I wish Adam and Kirsten continued success and congratulate them on their venture and hope that the Mount Vic Flicks continues to operate for years to come."