Scattered lightning storms have forced the Katherine Cinema to close its doors for the past two weeks as power outages wreak havoc on the projectors.
While it is hoped the cinema will reopen within the last couple of days of this month, it can be confirmed Australia's longest running travelling film festival will go ahead at the cinema in February.
The cinema's manager Thomas Lambert today confirmed projectors would be in working order come Friday, February 7, day one of the Travelling Film Festival, which is kicking off with Australian film Hearts and Bones.
"We wanted to express our gratitude to our friends at the Katherine Cinema 3 for keeping their doors open for the TFF to showcase this year's terrific program to our dear local patrons," festival organisers state in an email.
The cinema is in the midst of a sale after years on the market.
The Katherine Film Society sent out an email saying it was "hopeful of good news regarding the cinema".
"We have to wait for the deal process to be completed and hope for a positive outcome.
"While this means we are not sure what will happen with our regular KFS nights we do know that TFF is happening on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9.
"The caterers have been booked for our usual opening night party. Tickets can be purchased online.
"Organise your friends, get your tickets, buy a new dress and come along for the party and Hearts and Bones, Friday, February 7."
We have a good vibe that all will be fun and smooth running.Katherine Film Society
The Travelling Film Festival, a regional tour of the Sydney Film Festival, is putting eight celebrated titles on the big screen in February.
The film festival visits Katherine each year, and questions on the cinema's closure had some community members fearing it would not go ahead.
Audience favourites from the Sydney Film Festival and around the world include Birds of Passage, an Oscars nominated Best Foreign Film, God Exists, and Her Name is Petrunya a Berlin Film Festival winner.
The Travelling Film Festival will be screening films from February 7 to 9 at the Katherine Cinema. For more details about film times and to purchase tickets, visit the website here.
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