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Mansfield Armchair Cinema, 1 Chenery Street, , Victoria, 3722MAP

  • Community Event
  • Concert or Performance
  • 4 Jul 2020  18:00 19:00
  • 5 Jul 2020  18:00 19:00

When Mansfield’s Star Cinema closed in 2006, James and Catriona Wilson did not want the local area to be left without this important public facility. They developed a unique business model to establish a not-for-profit Community Cinema that would employ and train local students.

Collaborating with Mansfield College and Goulburn-Ovens TAFE, as well as other stakeholders and supporters in the community, the Mansfield Armchair Cinema (MAC) opened in June 2009 after almost 12 months of research, design, fit out and training. To their knowledge, the MAC is the only community cinema with an apprenticeship training program in Australia. Students study Certificate III in Business or Media.

At the time, Mansfield Armchair Cinema was Australia’s very first fully-digital cinema. This offered the opportunity for students to access the most up-to-date cinema technology. They now train four to six students a year, and want to increase it yearly and to introduce Certificate III in Hospitality. To do this they need a kithcen. Over the past 10 years they have trained 26 students who have gone on to part time work while at university or full time work.

  • Bar
  • Carpark
  • Family Friendly
  • Kiosk
  • Cafe
  • Public Toilet