Ross Fitzgerald writes for The Spectator on January 7, 2009, about the efforts to save a crumbling rural picture palace — The Athenium Theatre, Junee.
The article begins;
Nestled in the main street of Junee in rural New South Wales, the Athenium picture theatre has seen better days. Once the lifeblood of the community and a hub for theatre, films and the latest newsreels, the cinema is now boarded up and in disrepair. While it crumbles, the Heritage Council of NSW and Junee Shire Council try to work out what to do with this faded jewel.
Listed on the NSW State Heritage Register in 2003, the theatre is recognised as a regional architectural treasure, virtually intact, if fraying at the edges. Despite heritage grants from the State and Commonwealth Governments, the necessary works are still to be implemented, and the perennial shortfall in funding threatens its future.
The article was published at The Spectator UK website;
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and over at Ross Fitzgerald’s personal blog;
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