The Moncrieff Entertainment Centre's free films have proved popular with Bundaberg Region residents.
This week’s Downton Abbey screening on Wednesday was sold out with the previous family film, Aladdin, also a sell-out.
Burnett Heads resident Tracie Regan attended the free Downton Abbey film and said it was a wonderful opportunity for her to get out with friends and support local businesses.
“Our coffee club meets every Thursday and I saw this event and put the word out about the free movie,” she said.
“I got a lot of people interested, then I booked a row of tickets and somebody else bought another row of tickets to make sure no one was left out.
“It’s really nice of Council to do this, because a lot of the ladies are retired, we’re all budget conscious and it’s nice to have that opportunity to see a movie together.
“We always try to make it out to the movies, but this is the first time we’ve done a movie at the Moncrieff together.
“It’s such a positive thing for Council to do, and knowing that Downton Abbey is such a popular movie to put it on for free is really special.”
That sentiment was shared by families who attended the Aladdin screening.
The session also sold out with many making the most of the school holiday offering.
Louise Hayhurst took her family to the event and said it was a great opportunity for families who might otherwise not be able to afford it.
“Thanks Bundaberg Regional Council for the great job you do giving families access to wonderful free events,” she said.
“We really enjoyed taking our kids to see Aladdin.”
Council's arts, culture and events portfolio spokesman Cr John Learmonth said the free movies aimed to bring people together in a relaxed setting.
“There are few things nicer than sitting in a movie theatre with friends and family,” Cr Learmonth said.
“I think there’s many people who agree with me on that, based on the fantastic turnout we’ve had at the free movie events in the past.
“These free shows are a great way to connect with others in the community.”
The next free film on 9 December will be the Christmas-themed The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
All events, including free movies, need to be booked under the Moncrieff’s COVID-safe plan. Book online, at the box office or call 4130 4100.
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