The South West Roxy Cinema has been sold and new owner Garry Farrar has had a baptism of fire taking over in school holidays with packed out family films like the hit Australian movie Ride Like A Girl.
Farrar and previous owner Andrew Mercado go way back, having worked together at Foxtel more than 20 years ago.
"I am thrilled to have sold The Roxy to a work colleague with the right skills to take it to the next level," Mercado said, who promised to return for "special guest appearances".
Mr Farrar is looking forward to taking over the local cinema.
"It is exciting times ahead for the Farrar family," Mr Farrar said.
"My passion for old cinema started a few years ago while launching TV series A Place to Call Home in an array of majestic old cinemas around Australia.
"I have been coming up to South West Rocks for many years, thanks to my involvement with Queenscliff Surf Club.
"To now be able to combine my love of the ocean with this beautiful cinema is a dream."
South West Roxy has been screening movies for nearly a hundred years, starting with a visiting "picture show man", a borrowed generator and pews to sit on.
Today, it shows the latest blockbusters and has a regular group of movie-goers whose continued attendance bucks the national.
"I want to thank this wonderful community for supporting The Roxy and keeping it viable," Mercado said.
"My favourite memories will always be the hilarious dress-up events (everyone loves a wig and costume around here), live shows like Banjo and Timomatic, and little kids and families singing along to The Greatest Showman. What fun we have all had."
Farrar promises more fun times at The Roxy this summer.
"My family and I can't wait to meet you all, and announce exciting new plans over the next few months," Mr Farrar said.
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