Fifteen years on from Central Cinema’s first movie showing, the community cinema finally has a box office.

Central Cinema Inc unveiled the new renovation of its box office and entrance at a special celebration with volunteers on Monday afternoon.

The $50,000 renovation was the result of six years of dreaming and, after gaining approval from the Central Otago District Council, the past 12 months were spent planning, designing and raising funds.

The space was designed in keeping with the cinema’s branding, with fresh paint, furnishings, curtains and a purpose-built box office.

Box office for cinema  . . . Celebration cake Central Cinema Inc committee member Lynne Smith and chairwoman Karin Bowen cut the cake celebrating 15 years of movie screening with the community cinema. PHOTOS: SHANNON THOMSON

Central Cinema Inc chairwoman Karin Bowen said the committee wanted the space to encourage people to gather together before showings, and the box office lifted the professionalism of the cinema.

The new space was a long way from the cinema’s early years, which started with showings at The Orchard Garden while the search for a permanent home was on.

“The first showing was Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont and we had 109 people and at the end they all clapped.

“And that said to us people wanted this, and it gave us the impetus to continue.”

The renovation has given life to the early vision for the cinema, she said.

“It’s what we dreamed of at the beginning,” she said.

“When we started out, this was what we could see for the future and now we have got there we’re not going to stop.”

The new box office will be unveiled to the public at a showing of Elvis tonight.