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Star Cinema opens Friday in new Sidney location

The beloved theatre, under renovation since 2019, reopens at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 4 with a screening of Where the Crawdads Sing.
Sandy Oliver at the site of the new Star Cinema in Sidney on July 22, 2022. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

Movie fans in Sidney can rejoice: The state-of-the-art Star Cinema is open for business.

The beloved theatre, which has been under renovation since 2019, reopens Friday at 6:45 p.m. with a screening of Where the Crawdads Sing. The acclaimed thriller is one of three films on tap at the multi-screen moviehouse, which is located at 9840 Third St.

Star Cinema closed the doors to its longtime Third Street location nearly three years ago. While construction on a new theatre was underway, owner Sandy Oliver has been screening movies under the Star Cinema banner from a temporary location on Fifth Street, two blocks away.

The new theatre is located inside the five-storey, 45-unit Cameo condominium building at Third Street and Sidney Avenue. Three screens with a combined 305-seat capacity are in operation, and the theatre will run up to five films per week.

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