By George it’s back!

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As many St Kilda residents are aware, The George Cinema is finally reopening, renamed The George Revival Cinema. For those unsure, the complex is situated in the illustrious George building near the corner of Grey and Fitzroy Streets.

After an interesting recent history of indecision involving care-taker businesses arguing and squabbling over (essentially) what the space should be used for, a 6 month short-term lease has been signed by arts supporter and film enthusiast Gus Berger. The aim is to turn the short term lease into something more permanent, so a series of fundraising initiatives are taking place around the city. A profile is also published on crowdfunding site Pozible to gather local support. Various goodies are awarded to pledges over $25.

Berger plainly states, “… the current season is from August 15th this year to early February 2014. After that, the new owners take over, my lease is up and the future is uncertain. Hopefully, with the support of the local community, they won’t dare rip the cinema out. I’ve been running film events in Melbourne for a number of years, (Red Hot Shorts and Blow Up Cinema) so I’m hoping I can hit the ground running with the George Revival and build a strong and loyal audience.”

There is also a fundraiser presented by Pure Pop Records August 15 at the cinema; a screening of Dave Grohl’s documentary “Sound City”. Then the George Revival officially opens for business August 16with a surprise film at 8pm

Visit www.pozible.com/project/26811 and www.georgerevival.com.au for more details.

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