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An iconic North Queensland cinema owned by a golf pro in local hands

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Owned by professional golfer Carrie Webb, the iconic Burdekin Delta Cinema has sold for below median home prices in Brisbane.

The freehold building and business were sold for $700,000 on July 27, according to real estate records.

Owned by Webb since 2000, it hit the market last April after manager Webb’s parents, Robert and Evelyn, decided to retire.

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Golfers Karrie Webb (c), Robert and Evelyn Webb in front of Ayr's Burdekin Delta Cinema on December 15, 2000.

Golfers Karrie Webb, Robert Webb and Evelyn Webb in front of Ayr’s Burdekin Delta Cinema on December 15, 2000.


Air Cinema closed last July, and Mr. and Mrs. Webbs said it was time to retire, saying, “We kind of burned out,” and it was time for someone younger to take over.

“I think young people and towns need it,” Webb said at the time.

“This is one of the only places children feel safe coming to. Parents know where they are.”

The iconic building was purchased by Bur-Del Cooperative


Described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” the Freehold building houses a carpeted front foyer with a ticket office, office, food counter, kitchenette and back room.

It also has a front delivery room, seating area, additional storage space and toiletries.


Fully air-conditioned, the third option has two cinemas, and the upper level has a living quarter with a combination of bedrooms, shower and toilet facilities, kitchen, dining and living areas.

There is an additional 3-bay block shed for parking at the rear of the property.


Nora Andersen, an agent for Raine and Horne Ayr, said the property was purchased by Bur-Del Cooperative. Bur-Del Cooperative provides culturally appropriate community support, housing, services, education and advocacy to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Australian South Sea Islander and non-Indigenous peoples within the country. Burdekin and Townsville areas.

Anderson said the cooperative has a lot of plans for the site, adding that it’s great that they sold it to a local business.

“It’s great to see it open again,” she said. “It’s a symbol of the area.”

An iconic North Queensland cinema owned by a golf pro in local hands

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