Hoyts Tuggeranong Closing Down – Whither the Hyperdome?

Ryan 20 September 2009 73

The Canberra Times brings us the (unsurprising) news that Hoyts Tuggeranong will close its doors for the last time this Wednesday.

This can’t be good news for the Hyperdome.

Already it doesn’t really have anything that the other centres don’t have and in greater quantity.

From my observations there’s been many of the smaller stores closing up shop recently, and the Woolies seems to be firmly stuck in the early 90’s.

Not to mention the food court – when even the store right outside the cinema can’t be leased out, it’s not a good sign.


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bd84 bd84 4:49 pm 07 Dec 09

Confirmed as Limelight in today’s CT with reopening on boxing day.

What has happened a bit quieter was that Centro has ceased to manage the centre, with Colonial First State Property Management taking over a couple of months ago. Maybe that’s why the place got a paint..

jarrode jarrode 11:47 am 19 Nov 09

An update for you.

Hoyts Tuggeranong will now be taken over “limelight” theatres from the goldcoast, there will be all new screening and the games area will no longer be in the theatre vicinity, instead it will be a lounge area where people can sit before a movie (seems pointless to me) and there will be no more candy bar….this area will now be the limelight office, scheduled to be open on boxing day 2009.

peterh peterh 1:47 pm 28 Sep 09

roesljas said :

It is quite true, canberra never really gets it. Really sad seeing as it is the capital of aus! Perhaps a mutiny to over throw the ding bats in charge of things and fix it all up!
But things would also be helped there with good public transport, man’o’man public transport makes a world of difference.
Light rail connecting the city/town centres together would benefit all shopping centres hugely and the people of canberra.

That anketel street strip is not as amazing as it was supposed to be, 2 or so of the businesses died with in a year.
DAMN, maybe hoyts was doomed aswell??

jason

I think that you will find that the lack of serviceing the equipment, the costs associated with seeing a movie instead of hiring a dvd had a lot to do with the demise of Tuggeranong Hoyts. coupled with the outrageous costs presented to allow companies to host corporate events – we ended up hiring the boathouse for less, and the lack of an entry point not through the hyperdome, it was never going to survive. I hope that the new operator takes some of these things into consideration.

roesljas roesljas 4:28 pm 26 Sep 09

It is quite true, canberra never really gets it. Really sad seeing as it is the capital of aus! Perhaps a mutiny to over throw the ding bats in charge of things and fix it all up!
But things would also be helped there with good public transport, man’o’man public transport makes a world of difference.
Light rail connecting the city/town centres together would benefit all shopping centres hugely and the people of canberra.

That anketel street strip is not as amazing as it was supposed to be, 2 or so of the businesses died with in a year.
DAMN, maybe hoyts was doomed aswell??

jason

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 9:32 am 26 Sep 09

I thought I heard on the news a couple of nights ago that they’re just going to renovate then open a new cinema.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 7:23 am 26 Sep 09

Yep, that would do a million times better.

Except it’s Canberra and they would be more likely to spend too many mill’ on duplicating it or rebuilding it in it’s spot, but outcome worse!

busgirl busgirl 6:30 am 26 Sep 09

Agree…the lake is TOTALLY wasted…what were they thinking?

imhotep imhotep 11:00 pm 25 Sep 09

roesljas said :

“The prime real estate is always on the water in any location in the world so why is tuggers water front clogged up with non profitable establishments…..

….If this were the case then tuggers would be one of the best places for a good night out in all of Canberra. The food and entertainment in tuggers suffers from this silly town planning!”

Yeah, but that would be logical, and this is Canberra.

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roesljas roesljas 10:18 pm 25 Sep 09

Hello my dear south siders! you are the true heros!

I only just moved away from Canberra but I lived in tuggeranong for 20 years, grew up there in fact!
In my opinion what tuggers needs is to be bulldozed and put all the shops and dining/ bars on the shore of lake tuggeranong.

And move the s/hole McDonalds, College and community centre to the back.

The prime real estate is always on the water in any location in the world so why is tuggers water front clogged up with non profitable establishments.

If they had the money making business on the water then that lake would look so much better because there would be money riding on it’s condition e.t.c. dirty water = no business but good lake = huge business!

You need the south life strip, Ojos (in particular) and any other independent restraunts to be on the water front!
If this were the case then tuggers would be one of the best places for a good night out in all of Canberra. The food and entertainment in tuggers suffers from this silly town planning!

Dendy would fit in perfectly with that and indeed any other cinemas

An example of using the water front right in canberra is The light house in belconnen.

P.S. we need a sizzler back there, i loved that place!

What ya reckon?

kieran AP kieran AP 3:58 pm 24 Sep 09

dommie said :

Agreed, Tuggeranong cinemas must go. Agreed, Tuggeranong in general needs a complete overhaul and some creativity. But geez … what are our kids going to do? The only legal youth activities left in the tuggeranong area seem to be the skate park (unsupervised and dangerous), ten pin bowling (rip off!) and the Youth Centre (no thanks!).

I am soooo glad I grew up in Canberra when I did, our kids have nothing to do. They are bored. Bored youth is usually not a good thing for communities. Aside from the increases in violence, binge drinking and basic hooliganism I would expect it is just another reason why our youth is leaving the city in droves once they have attained their intended level of education.

they can always play paintball 🙂

Observing Observing 12:48 pm 24 Sep 09

Anna Key said :

And the things you find on youtube – Hyperdome Commercial from 1988.Apart from Toyworld, I don’t recall any of these when I moved here in the early 90s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gNsCbCBWKQ

The shops might have changed but the mullets haven’t.

Anna Key Anna Key 10:55 am 24 Sep 09

And the things you find on youtube – Hyperdome Commercial from 1988.Apart from Toyworld, I don’t recall any of these when I moved here in the early 90s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gNsCbCBWKQ

deezagood deezagood 9:25 am 24 Sep 09

I hope they do renovate and reopen the Tuggers cinemas. A ‘gold class’ or premium option would be fantastic too. I don’t think the Tuggers demographic is necessarily right for Dendy, but I’m sure that other providers could really make some money at tuggeranong if they get it right. Dendy’sI would actually prefer to go local and support the local industries (restaurants, movies) and if the cinema was up to par, I’d probably choose Tuggers over Woden, as it is a bit closer to home (and I’m lazy). My fingers are crossed that we have a fab new cinema at Tuggers one day soon.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 7:43 am 24 Sep 09

Hang on, I see that’s pretty much what you were getting at too. One would assume that a movie theatre would get reduced rates surely but like you said, it would still be hard for them.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 7:36 am 24 Sep 09

“I assume a cinema would not pay the fully going rate of ~$1200 per square meter at the shopping malls, but even at a fraction of that price its amazing they can survive…”

I was under the impression that supermarkets and department stores were heavily discounted per sqm in the malls because they are basically buying their sqm’s in bulk?

Or is that the decreased rate you are talking?

GregW GregW 12:21 am 24 Sep 09

dommie said :

But geez … what are our kids going to do? The only legal youth activities left in the tuggeranong area seem to be the skate park (unsupervised and dangerous), ten pin bowling (rip off!) and the Youth Centre (no thanks!).

As with residential property the government has also helped drive up the price of commercial property by restricting land sales close to city centers, designing city centers to be too small to support many industries, and unquestioned support of closed retail malls. When land is released it is usually after the price has been driven up so substantially that only office and residential tenets can afford the rent.

The result is that most youth activities have been driven out of this town and will probably never return, or return at a reasonable price. You mentioned bowling, but when was the last time you saw a video arcade, indoor rock climbing or laser tag facility outside Belconnen?

I assume a cinema would not pay the fully going rate of ~$1200 per square meter at the shopping malls, but even at a fraction of that price its amazing they can survive…

reepy reepy 10:48 pm 23 Sep 09

bubzie said :

Bahaha.
How awkward..i was one of those tent people. Hi. 🙂

We werent protesting, we were..on a photo scavanger hunt 🙂

Hilarious 🙂 Hi bubzie. Sorry I got the wrong idea, I was halfway up the tunnel when someone else pointed it out. I hope it all went well then 😛

Chop71 Chop71 9:59 pm 23 Sep 09

Well with the GDE expansion it will be quicker for residents to get between Woden and Belco. Maybe we get the Indoor Sports Stadium (and expanded Bruce sporting area) and all of Canberra will be following the Brumbies, Raiders, more soccer and AFL games rather than freezing our bits off looking for something to do in the middle of winter.

If you build it, they will come 😉

dommie dommie 9:11 pm 23 Sep 09

Agreed, Tuggeranong cinemas must go. Agreed, Tuggeranong in general needs a complete overhaul and some creativity. But geez … what are our kids going to do? The only legal youth activities left in the tuggeranong area seem to be the skate park (unsupervised and dangerous), ten pin bowling (rip off!) and the Youth Centre (no thanks!).

I am soooo glad I grew up in Canberra when I did, our kids have nothing to do. They are bored. Bored youth is usually not a good thing for communities. Aside from the increases in violence, binge drinking and basic hooliganism I would expect it is just another reason why our youth is leaving the city in droves once they have attained their intended level of education.

bd84 bd84 8:35 pm 23 Sep 09

silvernitrate said :

an insider says its dendy

though i dont really trust her

If they do open up, i hope that they improve the entrance from anketell st among other things

I would be extremely surpised if Dendy purchased it, the area does not suit the demographic at which their cinemas are aimed (i.e. special interest/world movies and normally located in an area which is up-market). There was a story on 104.7 news tonight as I came home which said that Hoyts elected to close after an agreement with centre owners/management for the renewal of their lease could not be reached. They also quoted a Centro representative as saying the area would undergo a complete refurbishment before a new operator moved in.

I’m guessing Centro were asking for a rediculous amount of rent and a commitment from Hoyts to refurbish the cinemas, which they didn’t want to do. It does sound like a new operator has been found, but why Centro would be doing the refurbishment is slightly puzzling, though it may be a mis-translation.

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