The Canberra Times reports that Palace Cinemas are going to open an eight screen operation in the Nishi building at Acton which will radically reshape the landscape of Civic.
Australia’s largest independent operator, Palace proposes a wider diversity of films, filling a void in Canberra left after Electric Shadows closed in Civic in 2006.
Palace’s executive director Benjamin Zeccola said the industry was moving from 35mm film equipment to new digital platform, and the multimillion-dollar Palace fit-out on Nishi’s ground floor facing Lake Burley Griffin would include all digital, state-of the art projection and sound.
”Expect to see the very best from France, Italy and Spain, all of the film festivals from those countries, the best coming out of America, independent film making as well as Hollywood films.
”It’s really difficult for distributors to place quality films in Canberra because there is not enough screens, so there is a real need for more quality screens.”
The new theatre is to be known as the Palace Electric Cinema.
Taking up the “electric” mantle, with the ghosts of electric shadows, is a big call.