Caloundra to welcome back cinema

By Jack Waters

MOVIE lovers across the region will be welcomed back to an old-fashioned cinema experience in a fresh modern package, with the Strand Cinema in Caloundra set to reopen this Wednesday, November 24.

New owner Luke Warburton has been obsessed with everything movie and cinema for as long as he can remember, with this project in Caloundra his latest escapade.

A lot has changed at the cinema since its doors were shut in July, with new screens, sound systems and projectors set to provide a more immersive experience.

However, Luke said there was something else families will love even more.

“Tickets will be $10 across the board, with popcorn from $4 and a small drink from $3.50,” he said.

“We don’t want people to feel like they have to take out a home loan to afford to take their kids to the cinema.”

Luke also owns the cinema at Bribie Island, which has strong community support, and hopes to see the same positive reaction from the community in Caloundra.

“What we’ve seen at Bribie is by spending dollars and reinvesting that into the business movie goers seem to want to come more, so that’s what we’re doing in Caloundra,” he said.

“We’ve had all the air conditioning units flushed out so there’s a fresh new smell, we have new screens in each cinema, added a few coats of paint and a new ticketing system.

“Next year the seats and carpets will be replaced with more upgrades and refurbishment works to be announced in the coming months.”

A new website has also been created for the Strand Cinema at Caloundra. For the latest information including movie dates and times visit