CHOC tops, a treat enjoyed by generations of movie-goers, have been killed off at a regional theatre by huge power price rises.
And it isn’t just the frozen treats that will melt away, as the owners of the Silver City Cinema in Broken Hill battle to survive a $4200 price jump brought about by rising electricity prices.
The effects of the carbon tax and higher power consumption, as the owners tried to keep patrons warm this winter, have combined to force father and son owners John and Ashton Rehn to slash movie sessions by half each week.
As well as cutting 30 movie sessions to 15 a week, they say they will need to turn the heating down in winter and the cooling up in summer in a bid to cut their bill.
That is even after they abandoned their provider Country Energy this week which had a price rise of 19.7 per cent for a 15 per cent discount from AGL.
While they sell their remaining supplies of choc tops they have blankets on the freezers in a bid to prevent energy escaping.
“It’s not just the choc tops, we are going to have to have a complete overhaul at the cinema,” Ashton Rehn said yesterday.
“When the carbon tax means no choc tops at the movies, you know you have the ultimate in stupidity for policies. (Julia Gillard) should stop blaming the states and apologise to cinema goers of Broken Hill and scrap the carbon tax.”
(Source. HT: Jon)