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Barr decreeing a cinema, hoping to find an operator

By johnboy - 26 November 2013 31

gungahlin cinemas

In the most arse-about process seen in many a long day from this comprehensively arse-about government Andrew Barr has the astonishing news that he’s engaged Krnc Group to build a cinema complex in Gungahlin.

But who will run it?

Well:

I am also delighted that Greater Union, who has been such a major player in the entertainment industry in Australia for so many years, is in discussions with the developer to operate the cinema complex.

Discussions eh?

So nothing signed?

So we’re building a thing and hoping it will be suitable for someone else’s business down the road?

One imagines Greater Union, having the ACT Government completely over the barrel on this, will negotiate some extremely favourable terms.

[Concept drawing courtesy Minister Barr’s office]

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31 Responses to
Barr decreeing a cinema, hoping to find an operator
bikhet 2:55 pm 26 Nov 13

bikhet said :

Your tax dollars at work! The man’s an idiot.

If the developer is wearing the cost then I withdraw my previous comment and say “More fool them.”

poetix said :

What I like is that all the people in the picture seem to be wearing the same black clothes. There is something ant-like about them, running around outside their new nest.

Hipsters (if that’s still a word)! Exile them to the northern wastes!

amarooresident3 2:37 pm 26 Nov 13

Still don’t see why you’ve got your pants in a bunch about this. The whole thing went through a two stage tender process, it is the developer that is negotiating with the cinema operator so I don’t see why the government is on the hook at all.

poetix 2:21 pm 26 Nov 13

What I like is that all the people in the picture seem to be wearing the same black clothes. There is something ant-like about them, running around outside their new nest.

voytek3 2:09 pm 26 Nov 13

Is there a bigger hole than Gungahlin in the southern hemisphere? The entirety of north Canberra is a hole but not as big a hole as Gungahlin. Can we somehow remove it from the ACT and make it apart of NSW or something? Its an embarrassment.

johnboy 2:01 pm 26 Nov 13

I’ve modified the story slightly. To reflect it is the developer that will be building the cinema for a hoped for operator.

This is still a highly unusual arrangement. Normally cinemas determine their construction to meet their operating model.

JazzyJess 1:45 pm 26 Nov 13

As a Gungahlin resident with a school age kid I’m keen. Of course Mr 8 will probably be about 35 by the time it’s finished. I’m basing that assumption on the time it takes for anything else to be built in Gungahlin.

HiddenDragon 1:31 pm 26 Nov 13

So having given up on the Deep South, the Government is buttering-up the New(ish) North.

I do so admire the wonderfully selective approach to rational economics by this Government.

c_c™ 1:21 pm 26 Nov 13

Not sure why they’re still referring to Greater Union since the brand has been Event Cinemas for some time now. And I’m not sure why on earth anyone would want them to run another cinema? They let the Civic one go kaput and the Manuka one go to ruins. Dendy or Hoyts run much better operations.

magiccar9 said :

Um, do people still even go to a cinema? I thought it was a dying trade due to online outlets such as Apple TV/iTunes, Netflix, not to mention illegally sharing and everything in-between.

Well short of building a home theatre room, your typical HTiB set up isn’t quite the same as a cinema. But certainly the reasons to go to cinema are growing fewer. The delay between cinema release and online download/package release is very small now, gone are the months between cinema release and it coming out on DVD/VHS.

And obviously some people really get a buzz from the atmosphere, why else would people pay $30 to see Dr Who Day of the Doctor at Dendy when it’s on free to air TV the same night?

magiccar9 12:55 pm 26 Nov 13

Um, do people still even go to a cinema? I thought it was a dying trade due to online outlets such as Apple TV/iTunes, Netflix, not to mention illegally sharing and everything in-between.

I honestly wonder how much thought went into this one. The Government cries poor, complains about their deficit, then magically has the money to burn on something novel like this… another WTF moment.

bikhet 12:51 pm 26 Nov 13

Your tax dollars at work! The man’s an idiot.

davo101 12:48 pm 26 Nov 13

STANDING COMMITTEE ON PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND TERRITORY AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES WEDNESDAY, 20 FEBRUARY 2013:

Mr Coe: And how are the financials working with regard to the land? Is the government going to be granting the land or is it discounted? Are you going to be putting up money for the actual complex?

Mr Dawes: None of the above. What happens with all of our sites is that they are valued for what the purpose is. We had this discussion earlier. So there is a mixed-use development there, including a cinema, and that is taken into account. Once we have got the configuration of exactly what is going to go on the site, we will then go to three valuers and they will then set a valuation. We traditionally take the highest valuation.

Ben_Dover 12:04 pm 26 Nov 13

The people’s cinema is deepest Red’s,
It shrouded oft our Stalin’s dead
And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold,
Their hearts’ blood dyed its ev’ry fold.

Then raise the scarlet curtain high,
Within its shade we’ll live and die,
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We’ll keep the Motorcycle Diaries showing here.

Grin 11:43 am 26 Nov 13

“The Battleship Potemkin” showing on continuous loop?

PantsMan 11:34 am 26 Nov 13

All praise Andrew Barr! His central planning brings the happiness to the people.

Ben_Dover 11:27 am 26 Nov 13

Man, what a life saver…

We’re so strapped for cinemas here in ‘berra, that the kind government has handed over a big stack of our hard earned $$$ in the hope someone will take it off their hands.

There will be no need then for the denizens of Gungahlin to pollute our fair city by making the massive expedition to get to Belconnen!

Mao ZeBarr’s own five year plan for socialising the entertainment industry.

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