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New cinema for Civic

By johnboy - 5 February 2011 29

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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.

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AsparagusSyndrome 12:39 am 21 Feb 12

Speaking of the “void left by Electric Shadows”, is the actual void still down there, under Sour Cherry etc?

It would be a great place to start up an ‘underground’ theatre troupe or a private room for midnight matinees, if you don’t care about dust, damp, mould, fire regulations etc. Is it still accessible, under a trapdoor or some such? I wonder what state it is all in, down there? I bet there are vampires living in it. Or some strange religious cult headquarters, in the dark… Or a colony of rats evolving their own society.

Or did they just fill it in at some point, to prevent nutters going back in there?

Perhaps they should turn it into a night club on a Cold War Bomb Shelter theme (once they spray and clear out the vampires, and rats).

agent00 11:26 pm 20 Feb 12

enrique said :

deye said :

At Nishi ? that seems a bit out of the way. Parking will be interesting, especially given the public transport options over that way.

Tell me about it, people are already parking up on nature strips and gutters around there on Friday nights – that area will be a complete shermozzle during busy times if they don’t plan ahead.

guys have you actually seen the plan for Nishi? it’s got 5-6 stories of underground parking. yes they are planning ahead…

Bramina 10:48 pm 20 Feb 12

“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.”

What is the point of giving a movie theatre a view of a lake? The patrons pay a premium for the view and then sit in a room with no windows…

I-filed 10:30 pm 20 Feb 12

chris_underscore said :

big deal.

Not really.

puggy 9:50 pm 20 Feb 12

chris_underscore said :

I’m glad my family invested in one of the Nishi apartments

Ahh…to waft off to sleep to the rumble of eight massive sets of subwoofers…

MERC600 8:22 pm 20 Feb 12

Deref said :

It’d be great to have an alternative to the usual Hollywood shite again!

More Muppet movies, and they ain’t Hollywood shite . They were English ( Lord Grade did all the Muppet Shows ) All big names , say from Yankee land and wherever, flew into England for their ‘guest appearance’. Ah mid 70’s at 6pm on Fridays in Townsville.

Deref 6:06 pm 20 Feb 12

It’d be great to have an alternative to the usual Hollywood shite again!

Holden Caulfield 4:16 pm 20 Feb 12

Gantz said :

So did this ever eventuate?

The Nishi Building, where the cinemas will be, is still being built.

Gantz 3:55 pm 20 Feb 12

So did this ever eventuate?

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