According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Palace Cinemas plans to open a 16-screen cinema complex in the Central Park Mall in Broadway. It’s an $8 to $10 million development and is just the latest addition to the increasingly cool Central Park development.
Central Sydney has had a number of multi-screen cinemas over the years, but right now they’re down to three: Event Cinemas on George Street, Hoyts at Broadway and Dendy Opera Quays down at Circular Quay. If you go to any big city you’ll see big cinemas all over the shop – and now it looks like Sydney is getting another contender.
“We hope to grow the audience that go the cinema, as we’ve done in other states, rather than taking away from other very well run operations,” executive chairman Antonio Zeccola told the SMH.
“Our program has a Colombian film, a Spanish film, and an Italian film has just finished. We had La Scala’s Aida and we also bring in film festivals – French, Italian, Scandinavian, Latin American, German and others.”
Sounds like Palace is angling for more indie and world cinema than is offered at other central Sydney cinemas, which focuses primarily on blockbusters. As a result, it could attract a different kind of clientele. This might be enough to differentiate it from Hoyts and Event Cinemas, which are both pretty damn close to the planned cinema.
The best news is that it will have a bar, so you can sink a froth or two while watching your arty farty French films. That’s bliss, baby.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
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