'Big shoes to fill': New owners prepare to take over Hollywood Cinema in Sumner

Two Sumner families will take over ownership of the Hollywood Cinema in September. Photo: Geoff...
Two Sumner families will take over ownership of the Hollywood Cinema in September. Photo: Geoff Sloan.
Online booking capacity, upgraded seats, mums and babies sessions, and a bar and snack option are some of the new features film lovers could see at the Hollywood Cinema in Sumner after its new owners take over in September.

Two Sumner families who have lived in the area for more than 30 years combined will be at the helm - Steve Jukes, who bought half the business and building in 2016, and his wife Melanie, along with Aluminé and Murray Kennedy.

The families had been silent partners in the business for the past five years.

Lang Masters, who has owned the cinema for more than 60 years, will still very much be a part of the team, said Aluminé.

"We have big shoes to fill," she said.

Masters turned 90 in April and often still works seven days a week.

"I will miss the theatre, but I’ve been here long enough now," he said.

"I am pleased I’ll still be able to stay on in some capacity though."

Lang Masters has owned the cinema for more than 60 years, and will remain part of the team. Photo...
Lang Masters has owned the cinema for more than 60 years, and will remain part of the team. Photo: Geoff Sloan
Masters will continue to help with bookings and movie selections while the handover takes place.

Aluminé said: "People will notice little things changing but it will be a long process."

The new owners want the theatre to be community-focused and to meet the needs of  people living in the area and visitors who come to Sumner for "a day out".

They have already called out to the community for feedback on the theatre and have received numerous responses, including requests for better soundproofing and heating.

Many people have also offered to volunteer at the cinema.

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