Federation Cinema raises its curtain

December 20, 2017

The Free Press got a preview of Corowa’s new cinema when we chatted to Golf Club General Manager Daniel Peacock and one of the cinema’s designers Phillip Nielsen.

Federation Cinema’s first public screening will be on Friday when the curtain opens on the 58-seat luxury cinema inside the Corowa Golf Club.

While the movie schedule is still being finalised, it is estimated that there will be approximately 20 screenings comprising of six to ten different movies per week.
Tickets to a movie will cost $12 each for members and $15 each for a non-member.
The club got the green light for the project after securing a $585,000 injection from the Stronger Communities Grant fund that the NSW State Government allocated to the newly formed Federation Council as part of the merger between the old Corowa and Urana Shires.
While more than 12 months’ of planning has occurred behind the scenes to get the project off the ground, the construction phase has happened quite rapidly.
Golf Club General Manager Daniel Peacock said the board and staff were thrilled with the result.
“It looks and sounds fantastic and we can’t wait to show it off,” Mr Peacock said.
The club will offer a mix of movies from current releases to the good old classics.
Mr Peacock said ticket prices were kept low to ensure an affordable night out for guests.
“We want people to become repeat customers and enjoy what the whole club has to offer,” he said.
The cinema boasts a five-metre by three metre screen, the latest and best in cinema visual and audio equipment and luxury recliner seats that recline all the way back.
The cinema has been constructed in a section of the club’s auditorium, with the remaining half to be transformed into a function room.
A new candy bar is also part of the cinema experience, which is an extension of the existing bar and offers all the classic movie supplies.
The cinema’s designers Phillip Nielsen, Aaron Nicholls and Regina Kaluzny from Regional Design Service in Corowa chose the colour tan for the seats and green for the carpet and theatre curtains, saying they wanted the look to be unique to the Corowa Golf Club.
“We wanted to make sure we represented the future of the club and what the clubs means to the community,” Mr Nielsen said.
“This is what excited us about working with the club because the club was really open for that journey.”
Mr Peacock said the cinema would open the club up to a new market of customers, giving the club a positive future.
Tickets can be purchased at the club or online at
Online bookings will incur an additional $2 booking fee.
There will be a formal grand opening for the cinema in the New Year but the club felt it necessary to get the cinema operating over the Christmas period.
Mr Peacock said he wanted to take the opportunity to thank those who made the project happen.
“I have done a rough list and there are about 78 businesses and people that have been directly involved. All will be formally recognised at the grand opening but a special mention must go to Chris Gillard, Mike Eden, Deanne Drage, Regional Design Service, Richard Hogg and Peter Savy from the Yarrawonga Golf Club, Peter Griffin Electrical, and Ian, Joel and Reece Bilney, for their massive contribution on bringing this project to life,” he said.

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