Movie Magic at Heritage Northcote

The residents at Heritage Northcote take in a movie at Westgarth Cinema

At Heritage Northcote, residents like Sue, Thelma, Barbara, and Marjorie are proving that catching the latest blockbuster isn’t just reserved for the young and restless — it’s simply a Monday leisure activity for the ladies.

Joined by their lifestyle coordinator, Kate, these movie-loving seniors recently embarked on an adventure to the iconic Palace Westgarth for a screening of Olivia Colman’s latest comedy, “Wicked Little Letters.”

Established in the early 1920s, Westgarth cinema holds a special place in Northcote’s heart; it’s a symbol of the community’s enduring rich history and vibrant culture. The intergenerational attendance and cherished memories it holds for residents past and present make it a cornerstone of the community.

For Sue, a seasoned local, the cinema evokes fond memories of visiting with her children. “Living so close to Westgarth cinema means they can still join me for a movie every now and then,” she says. “Sometimes I’ll go with the other residents or just take myself if I really want to see a movie that nobody else does,” Sue shares, taking advantage of the convenience and flexibility that comes with living at Heritage Northcote.

“Living so close to Westgarth cinema means my family can still join me for a movie every now and then,” says Sue, resident at Heritage Northcote. “Sometimes I’ll go with the other residents or just take myself if I really want to see a movie that nobody else does.”

Alas, Marjorie can’t remember the last time she went to the movies. She is enjoying all the benefits of a short-term respite care visit with us while her children are overseas. “It’s lovely to be able to head to the movies while I’m staying here,” she shares. “The staff are very sweet and there are so many activities I can participate in – I even managed to get my hair done for the outing!”

Following the movie, Sue, Thelma, Barbara, and Marjorie returned to the home for afternoon tea and a post-movie debrief. Laughter ensued as they shared stories and anecdotes from their younger days while reminiscing and reflecting on the social changes they’ve experienced throughout their lives. Discussions turned into plans for another outing soon, and Barbara was especially excited to add the German Film Festival offerings to her calendar.

Whether you’re a movie buff or just enjoy the theatre experience and potentially socialising with friends, Palace Westgarth is a great benefit of living at Heritage Northcote. After all, as Sue puts it, “you shouldn’t let age stop you from enjoying the magic of the movies!”

“You shouldn’t let age stop you from enjoying the magic of the movies!”

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