A message received today from Whanganui...Confluence Cinema <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Confluence customers and supporters,
You’re receiving this email as one of our wonderful customers and supporters over the years who have helped grow Confluence from the little trickle of an idea Melita & Kevin had about 7 years ago, into the enjoyable community focused social enterprise it became. No matter if your journey with us was brief or just planned to begin, or if you were a regular and much cherished visitor, perhaps even with a favourite seat in the cinema - you are all very special to us and the memories of what we made together will remain for a lifetime. Thank you.
This email is to let you know that Confluence is closing all of its services in Whanganui at the end of April.
The reasons for closing are all unrelated to the Covid pandemic mitigations, but instead actually due to an ongoing, and unfortunately now untenable, situation with our new location in The Backhouse.
The Tokoroa (Timber Town) cinema has closed, after failing to find a buyer..
One the feature films The Travelling Cinema Company is screening as part of its Drive-In Movie Season at the ASB outdoor venue during April 2022. A great venture for we never have had movie drive-ins in New Zealand (except for occasional one-off events)--largely because drie-ins were stymied by the old duopoly of Kerridge/Amalgamated back last century.
Go to https://travellingcinema.nz/events/showgrounds/ for full details of a great range of titles, starting with American Graffiti on Friday April 1st, as well as where you park etc...
Geoff Lealand was an Assoc Prof in Screen and Media Studies at the University of Waikato from 1992 to 2017. Now retired (not a word he favours), he writes social history, maintains this site, its Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as going to the cinema at least twice weekly.