The Victor Harbor Council has purchased the iconic Victa Cinema.
In a bid to reactivate the town centre and establish the region as an arts and culture destination, the city has included the purchase in its 2020/2021 draft budget under its Arts and Cultural Centre proposal.
The cinema, highly valued by residents and visitors, will remain a key part of the town's entertainment offerings and in future may provide a hub for local artists, groups and the broader community to meet, work, exhibit, collaborate and learn.
Mayor Moira Jenkins said initial concepts for an Arts and Cultural Centre in 2017 centred around the redevelopment of two heritage listed buildings, the Town Hall and Old Library (now the Coral Street Art Space), and community consultation highlighted desire for a space with tiered seating.
“With the cinema abutting the Town Hall and Old Library buildings, it provides the perfect opportunity to combine the spaces and enhance the offering of the proposed Arts and Cultural Centre,” said City of Victor Harbor Mayor Moira Jenkins.
The Council said while it is looking at opportunities to diversify and enhance the use of the space, it will continue to operate as a cinema.
“The Victa Cinema is highly valued by many residents and visitors, and we want to see this remain a key part of the town’s entertainment offerings,” said Mayor Jenkins.
The $1.6 million purchase for both the cinema business and freehold title is scheduled for settlement in October 2020 with council currently considering its options for the interim management of the cinema.
Photo of Victa Cinema supplied Victor Harbor Council