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Hoyts Tuggeranong Closing Down – Whither the Hyperdome?

By 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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Hoyts Tuggeranong Closing Down – Whither the Hyperdome?
grunge_hippy 6:51 pm 20 Sep 09

gooterz said :

From the inital plans wasnt tuggeranong meant to be in the centre of the town.. not at the edge.. isnt it time we started developing closer to town rahter than closer to cooma?

what, start building houses up in the hills and over the river? i’m not sure exactly where you propose they start building so that the hyperdome is ‘centre’

Addison 6:13 pm 20 Sep 09

busgirl said :

Doesn’t suprise me that Tuggers Hoyts is closing. Why would anyone want to go to a cinema via the mall food hall…how tackarama.

Gee, your majesty to the cinema through the food court? Imagine that!

Ryan 6:10 pm 20 Sep 09

Primal said :

Having the cinemas buried in the food court always seemed like an odd choice. Woden has a fantastic position by comparison, and Belconnen at least has EB and a couple of other shops to draw people its way.

Thinking back to my very young years, the food court was once just a straight ‘mall’ from kmart up to where the escalators are (although i think it used to be stairs), with another one running roughly from where hungry jacks is through to where the pet shop is. They then closed that one up, whacked Pacfic 6 in between and opened up the other section to make it into the food court.

That would mean that the cinema wasn’t actually planned for the hyperdome and was put in after a bit of a renovation.

shiny flu 5:37 pm 20 Sep 09

gooterz said :

The budgets of TV series now equal the big blockbusters too. Why pay for somethingyou can get for free.

If you took the aired footage of a prime-time popular (i.e. American) TV serial, multiplied the cost per episode so that it would equate to roughly the length of a feature film (120-160min) and compared the costs, then TV shows are still cheaper to produce than blockbuster films- and often provide a completely different experience.

I think the crux of the problem is that the Hyperdome just not ‘in’ nor has been for quite some time. Civic is bright and new, Woden is somewhat still there. Both not a huge distance away from Tugghetto. If you were meeting friends why wouldn’t you choose to meet them where you can actually be a proper mall rat?

Primal 4:45 pm 20 Sep 09

Having the cinemas buried in the food court always seemed like an odd choice. Woden has a fantastic position by comparison, and Belconnen at least has EB and a couple of other shops to draw people its way.

Anna Key 4:25 pm 20 Sep 09

TP 3000 said :

I wouldn’t put it past Hots to leave as Centro has put the rents up to bring themselves back into profit & it wasn’t viable. Others stores are slowing shutting at in the Hyperdome. Well it was said while the DFO & Airport Group legal battle was going on that Canberra didn’t have the population for too many shopping centers & the Hyperdome may be the first casualty. This will become more evident in a few years time when Westfield Woden expands & Target is incorporated in it. Coles Group will most likely shut Target in Tuggeranong & just have the one store in Woden. Unless things pick up at Kmart, Coles Group may just close Kmart all together.

The whole centre looks very run down. But any details on the Woden expansion? All I could find was a link on the ACTPLA site via google. I assume it means even less parking, which is at least one thing in the Hyperdome’s favour

http://www.actpla.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/8433/attachmentg.pdf

gooterz 3:19 pm 20 Sep 09

One of the problems theses days, is that people espicalally younger people are spending more time on the internet, facebook etc. Back when we were kids the movies was one of the places that we got to see our friends, now its kind of redundant. The budgets of TV series now equal the big blockbusters too. Why pay for somethingyou can get for free.

Another problem with hoyts tuggeranong is the staffing, sure they saved a bit of cash.. by not employing as many people, but when pay $15 to see a movie and in your whole experience only see one employee(the one who sells you the ticket), you see rotting popcorn all over the cinemas and no one is there to check ur ticket, you tend to think your money is better spent up the road.

From the inital plans wasnt tuggeranong meant to be in the centre of the town.. not at the edge.. isnt it time we started developing closer to town rahter than closer to cooma?

ALSO a light rail network between town centres will quickly overcome the problem of having tuggeranong as a ghetto!

busgirl 2:48 pm 20 Sep 09

Doesn’t suprise me that Tuggers Hoyts is closing. Why would anyone want to go to a cinema via the mall food hall…how tackarama.

Cameron 1:09 pm 20 Sep 09

I have lived in the Lanyon Valley for years, and despite frequenting Hoyts – I haven’t been to Hoyts Tuggeranong in over a decade.

Wonder what will happen with all of the space.

deye 11:47 am 20 Sep 09

Wellington Sludge said :

Civic closed because it couldn’t compete with the newly opened Dendy.

I’m pretty sure Civic would have closed regardless of Dendy turning up. It was obviously being run down long before Dendy was announced. I suspect the building owners had been eyeing off the real estate potential for the site and were just waiting for the right time.

TP 3000 11:24 am 20 Sep 09

I was there a few weeks back, it looked like a dump back then. If you look at how Hots Tuggeranong & Woden are set out, it might explain a bit.

Tuggeranong-At night you have to walk through long empty corridors somewhere to a carpark.
Woden-The carpark is right in front of you.

I wouldn’t put it past Hots to leave as Centro has put the rents up to bring themselves back into profit & it wasn’t viable. Others stores are slowing shutting at in the Hyperdome. Well it was said while the DFO & Airport Group legal battle was going on that Canberra didn’t have the population for too many shopping centers & the Hyperdome may be the first casualty. This will become more evident in a few years time when Westfield Woden expands & Target is incorporated in it. Coles Group will most likely shut Target in Tuggeranong & just have the one store in Woden. Unless things pick up at Kmart, Coles Group may just close Kmart all together.

Over the next few months I suspect some shops will leave the food court at Tuggeranong

grunge_hippy 11:13 am 20 Sep 09

simple. tuggeranong cinema sucks. if i go to the movies, which is rare, i go to woden or splurge on dendy premium.

only impact i can see is during school holidays, it seems popular then.

Punter 10:38 am 20 Sep 09

I can see two possibilities arising from this. Either the cinema is closed and that’s that or another cinema chain will pick up in the existing facility. I wonder what Hyperdome has planned for the space if it won’t remain a cinema once Hoyts vacate?

johnboy 9:50 am 20 Sep 09

Well, there is also distance considerations to the nearest cinema. It’s rare to build a new one within 10km of an existing one.

Dendy was a frontal attack on a weak incumbent (which succeeded).

But to have no cinema in the whole of tuggeranong does seem strange. They must be engaging in truly heroic movie piracy down there.

One other possibility worth considering is that the cinema there wasn’t built as a full ‘plex. It was more of a large metro-plex, a much less successful concept, and built as an indy rather than a proper big box hoyts.

The screens down there really aren’t a great deal better than a top notch home cinema system.

I’m guessing hoyts are either planning to build a proper big box or caught wind that someone else is about to.

Wellington Sludge 9:25 am 20 Sep 09

This would now have to make Tuggeranong an official ghetto – a city without a cinema is a city without a vibrant life!

This is bizarre – Cosmopolitan, Center and Electric Shadows cinemas closed because of the (sad) changing face of cinemas from small alternative to big multiplex, and Civic closed because it couldn’t compete with the newly opened Dendy. Why didn’t Tuggeranong Hoyts work? Usually, the rule of thumb for constructing and running a cinema is “If you build (and work) it, they will come”.

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