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Hoyts preferred operator for Gungahlin cinema, with construction due to start early 2017

By Charlotte Harper - 14 April 2016 39

Gungahlin cinema concept

The developer planning to build Gungahlin’s first cinema, Krnc Group, has told a meeting of the Gungahlin Community Council that Hoyts is now the preferred operator for the facility, to be built on the corner of Hibberson Street and Hinder Street from early 2017 if a development application in mid-2016 is successful.

Hoyts currently operates the Woden and Belconnen cinemas.

The Gungahlin cinema plan was first announced in 2013, when Andrew Barr said it would have capacity for more than 2,000 patrons, with two cinemas each seating around 500 and the remaining five with approximately 200 seats each. At that time, Greater Union was in discussions with Krnc Group about the site, which was also to include 4,300 square metres for a major retailer, 1450 square metres for other retail businesses, 1500 square metres of commercial space and three residential floors of approximately 86 one and two bedroom apartments.

The plan at that time was also to provide parking for more than 900 cars of which more than 600 spaces were to be be underground.

“I am particularly pleased that the Krnc family have been the successful tenderer in this process as they have a long history of running very successful businesses in Canberra and their willingness to be involved in this major new phase in the development of the Gungahlin town centre clearly demonstrates the confidence they have in our city,” Mr Barr said at the time.

RiotACT contacted Krnc Group just after noon today to find out whether details of the development remained as per the 2013 plan but no one was available to discuss the matter.

Gungahlin cinema concept

Meegan Fitzharris, the only Gungahlin resident currently in the ACT Legislative Assembly, issued a statement this morning in relation to the cinema development, saying the announcement of Hoyts as the preferred tenderer was welcome news for residents eager to see more entertainment options in the town centre.

“I was proud to lead calls for a cinema to be built in Gungahlin in 2012, and to see real progress being made is great news for our community, which is growing fast,” she said.

“The location will be right on the light rail line, offering great access and an opportunity to make Canberra’s northern town centre an even better place to shop and be entertained.”

The Labor MLA said she encouraged anyone interested in the cinema and the future of Gungahlin town centre to look at what was being proposed and have their say during the planning process.

Ms Fitzharris also said there will be a movie marathon held at Gungahlin College from June 17-19, with details of the line-up to be announced in May.

More information about the Gungahlin Movie Marathon is available at www.lda.act.gov.au/gungahlin/movies.

Photos: Design concepts published with the original announcement of the planned cinema in 2013. Note that the development plan may have changed since they were issued.

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Hoyts preferred operator for Gungahlin cinema, with construction due to start early 2017
dungfungus 12:20 pm 17 Apr 16

Charlotte Harper said :

“The location will be right on the light rail line, offering great access and an opportunity to make Canberra’s northern town centre an even better place to shop and be entertained.”

Nobody told Labor’s Meegan Fitzharris movie ticket sales are at their lowest records in 20 years the last 2 years in a row. More Australians went to the movies in 1979 when Australia’s population had 15 million people.

“The location will be right on the light rail line, offering great access….”
Does this mean the tram line will be sharing the centre aisle because that is the way it is expressed.
Yes, access will definitely be great.

dungfungus 12:16 pm 17 Apr 16

Mordd said :

Mello said :

Hoyts at Woden wanted to charge me $19 for a movie . . .

You need to join Hoyts Rewards – $10 per movie and the ten movie free. You should make a submission to the Checkout’s FU Tube about the movie lazy tax. You never thought about enquiring into the details of the Hoyts Rewards program anytime in the last six years when being sold a ticket? It is not their fault. They would have asked you if you wanted to join each time you bought a ticket.

FU?

Mysteryman 11:15 am 17 Apr 16

I found this posted on the Canberra Times article on this subject:

“Seriously?! Hoyts?! Why would we want to give the worst cinema chain in Canberra *another* cinema? Box office prices increased massively after they arrived in the ACT, and the quality of the movie going experience dropped. They were so keen to avoid paying staff, they closed the actual box offices and forced patrons to be tickets from the candy bar – causing huge lines and long waits when there shouldn’t be. Their solution? Put up a sign telling patrons to arrive ealier if they don’t want to miss the start of the movie. All so they could save a couple bucks on paying someone to staff the box office.

I shouldn’t be surprised, though. The ACT government are in property development for the money and Hoyts has plenty of it. They don’t care one bit about what’s best for the community and for competition.

I couldn’t have put it better myself. Hoyts has done nothing positive for the moving going experience in the ACT.

gazket 11:19 pm 16 Apr 16

“The location will be right on the light rail line, offering great access and an opportunity to make Canberra’s northern town centre an even better place to shop and be entertained.”

Nobody told Labor’s Meegan Fitzharris movie ticket sales are at their lowest records in 20 years the last 2 years in a row. More Australians went to the movies in 1979 when Australia’s population had 15 million people.

ungruntled 6:44 pm 16 Apr 16

Another ugly box for Canberra.
Why can’t we get architects here who design beautiful, exciting, functional buildings that enhance our National Capital?
Look almost anywhere else in the world to see interesting building going on ; London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Spain, India, Vietnam even !
Maybe it’s to do with having an Assembly who’s members are still unable to think past the 19th century.
Ho Hum!

Lurker2913 6:04 pm 16 Apr 16

Mello said :

Hoyts at Woden wanted to charge me $19 for a movie . . .

You need to join Hoyts Rewards – $10 per movie and the ten movie free. You should make a submission to the Checkout’s FU Tube about the movie lazy tax. You never thought about enquiring into the details of the Hoyts Rewards program anytime in the last six years when being sold a ticket? It is not their fault. They would have asked you if you wanted to join each time you bought a ticket.

rubaiyat 11:03 am 16 Apr 16

In a dunger tone, fascinating how the 3D render doesn’t show all the ugly surrounding carpark as it really is:

Baking hot, or wind swept, strewn with cars, dying vegetation, broken concrete and bitumen, broken car parts from the eternal dingles. ….and massively overweight drivers carelessly throwing all the rubbish from their “Combos” on the ground out of their “nice” cars.

Lurker2913 5:33 am 16 Apr 16

The plan is different now. The building is now called “The Factory” and the new design looks industrial. Don’t panic it doesn’t look ugly! It looks quite nice actually. The building nolonger contains residential which I think is a good thing. It contains cinema, restaurants, shops (no major department stores), commercial office space and small shops within commercial office space section. The developer did a presentation at the Gungalhin Community Council meeting this week.

Masquara 10:31 pm 15 Apr 16

Mello said :

Hoyts at Woden wanted to charge me $19 for a movie ticket and another $19 for a medium combo. It wasn’t even in gold class!

I’m not paying $38 to see a movie in a normal cinema seat!

It’s a good thing I don’t live in Woden or Gunners. Soon Gunners will get slugged the same, presumably.

At least Manuka isn’t far away, still charges $10 for admission, has much cheaper snacks, and has Zambrero next door too. Goulburn is even cheaper still. If you’re buying tickets for the whole family, it’s definitely worth a drive if you can’t wait for it to show up on Netflix or DVD.

What is a “medium combo” please? : )

Mess 4:36 pm 15 Apr 16

Mello said :

Hoyts at Woden wanted to charge me $19 for a movie ticket and another $19 for a medium combo. It wasn’t even in gold class!

I’m not paying $38 to see a movie in a normal cinema seat!

It’s a good thing I don’t live in Woden or Gunners. Soon Gunners will get slugged the same, presumably.

At least Manuka isn’t far away, still charges $10 for admission, has much cheaper snacks, and has Zambrero next door too. Goulburn is even cheaper still. If you’re buying tickets for the whole family, it’s definitely worth a drive if you can’t wait for it to show up on Netflix or DVD.

Zambreros is next door to both Woden and Belconnen cinemas too.

Woden & Belconnen have recently revamped their cinemas so they are all recliners. Hardly a normal cinema seat!

I agree though that the candy bar prices are a major rip off, but it’s always been that way.

Kalliste 11:10 am 15 Apr 16

According to info from the gungahlin council meeting the plan might have changed with no residential anymore.

Personally can’t see much need for a cinema in Gungahlin. Hoyts in Belconnen is close enough if you’re really keen on going out to see a movie.

This just means losing carpark space for when I want to go to Coles.

rommeldog56 8:33 am 15 Apr 16

Mello said :

Hoyts at Woden wanted to charge me $19 for a movie ticket and another $19 for a medium combo. It wasn’t even in gold class!

I’m not paying $38 to see a movie in a normal cinema seat!

It’s a good thing I don’t live in Woden or Gunners. Soon Gunners will get slugged the same, presumably.

At least Manuka isn’t far away, still charges $10 for admission, has much cheaper snacks, and has Zambrero next door too. Goulburn is even cheaper still. If you’re buying tickets for the whole family, it’s definitely worth a drive if you can’t wait for it to show up on Netflix or DVD.

Yeah. +100. Recently went to Hoytes Belco to watch a 3D film. Cost $47 for 2 – tickets only. Their Belco cinema has the new larger more comfy seats. If you book online, stangle it would have cost about $5 more too !!

Compare that to LimeLight at Tuggeranong (still with the traditional seating) @ about $13 pp per movie. Another reason never to leave Tuggeranong !!!!

So, before the good people of Gunners rejoice at the announcement of this new Cinema, think about the cost of taking the family there ! Netflix is looking better and better………

rubaiyat 7:36 am 15 Apr 16

rubaiyat said :

After Bunnings and Kmart , Hoyts was the only one left to be opened in gughalin.

Can’t wait for Hoyts to open !

Can’t remember the last time I went to a regular cinema, so last century! 😀

MrPC 11:31 pm 14 Apr 16

Hoyts at Woden wanted to charge me $19 for a movie ticket and another $19 for a medium combo. It wasn’t even in gold class!

I’m not paying $38 to see a movie in a normal cinema seat!

It’s a good thing I don’t live in Woden or Gunners. Soon Gunners will get slugged the same, presumably.

At least Manuka isn’t far away, still charges $10 for admission, has much cheaper snacks, and has Zambrero next door too. Goulburn is even cheaper still. If you’re buying tickets for the whole family, it’s definitely worth a drive if you can’t wait for it to show up on Netflix or DVD.

kajuburfi 4:05 pm 14 Apr 16

After Bunnings and Kmart , Hoyts was the only one left to be opened in gughalin.

Can’t wait for Hoyts to open !

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