Guest at theatre celebration

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Timaru man Terry Kennedy will retrace his roots tomorrow with a celebration of movies in Gore.
Mr Kennedy, well-known around Timaru as a former district councillor and a South Canterbury District Health Board member, will be in Gore as a guest of honour at the St James Theatre celebrations.
Mr Kennedy said he managed the St James during the 1960s, under the banner of Kerridge Odeon, before being transferred to Timaru to manage the Majestic Theatre.
‘‘The event has been organised by the St James Theatre Trust, who purchased the theatre on behalf of the people of Gore,’’ Mr Kennedy said.
‘‘The event is about movies and the part they played in entertaining people of all ages
from the 1930s to the present time.’’
A timetable of events included a screening of the New Zealand film Goodbye Pork Pie tomorrow, he said.
The Friday screening would be followed by a Saturday morning tour of the theatre and an official ceremony to mark 80 years since movies were first screened in Gore.
‘‘Then follows a special onehour movie on the town of Gore and surrounding areas,’’ Mr Kennedy said.
Sunday would include a brass band performance and music from movies through the years, at the theatre.
‘‘I loved the interesting and varied people I met that came through the doors during my years at the theatre,’’ Mr Kennedy said.
‘‘I can now step back inside and enter a world of entertainment that is hard to beat.’’