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Proposed Manuka hotel will contain compact cinema complex

Ian Bushnell 19 June 2019 45

The Capitol Theatre building in Manuka is at the end of its commercial viability. Photo: Daniella Jukic, wearefound.

Fears that a hotel development planned for the nearly 40-year-old Capitol Theatre site in Manuka would see the demise of a cinema in the inner-south have been quashed with confirmation that it will include a modern six-screen complex.

The owners of the site, the Liangis family, is embroiled with the ACT Conservator of Flora and Fauna over a protected tree on the site that is stymieing the development, and will go to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal in a bid to have the mature London plane tree taken of the ACT Tree Register.

But John Liangis said when the staged development eventually gets the go-ahead, the new cinema complex would be incorporated into the hotel, be digitalised and have six screens as there is now but at a smaller scale, with seating from 80 to 120 seats in each space, much like the Palace Electric set-up in NewActon.

He said the current cinema was beyond its use-by date and had reached the end of its commercial viability.

The auditoriums, including one designed as a theatre holding 400-plus patrons, were far too big for a modern cinema complex.

The Manuka cinema is part of the Greater Union chain and the family is negotiating with it to continue operating the new complex.

The current Capitol Theatre building replaced the former structure of the same name that was demolished in 1980, and had a dual purpose as a theatre and a cinema.

 


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6:23 pm 22 Jun 19

Build it, cut the tree down and plant 10 more. Move

3:47 am 21 Jun 19

https://www.change.org/p/act-government-green-light-manuka-redevelopment?recruiter=44389876&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_petition&recruited_by_id=21fc3db0-7191-0130-9298-38ac6f16d25f&utm_content=starter_fb_share_content_en-au%3Av2

4:48 pm 20 Jun 19

For your information the red icon represents the location of the trunk. The coloured area is the area which construction and demolition are prohibited.

9:20 am 20 Jun 19

That tree is an allergy death trap. Do we really need it??? Can we not plant another 5 trees in the new design that are not so allergic?

8:00 am 20 Jun 19

The fact that the Liangas family continues to run the cinema even though it financially doesn’t work in its current setup should be commended 👍

10:54 pm 19 Jun 19

Good on u geocon

10:17 pm 19 Jun 19

Go to Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and you will see buildings 1000 year old (and sometimes older) which are proudly promoted.

Meanwhile here in the ACT we sacrifice any structure that’s older than a fortnight to the altar of ‘progress’.

    10:22 pm 19 Jun 19

    To be fair, the way most buildings are built on this side of the country these days, the buildings only last a fortnight!

9:48 pm 19 Jun 19

How many trees for the toy train?

9:19 pm 19 Jun 19

The building that pre-dated this one was nicer.

8:50 pm 19 Jun 19

How many trees did they cut down for the new ACT gov building on London CRT

7:46 pm 19 Jun 19

Do we really need another hotel? I know many hotels are worried about occupancy rates as it is let alone more competition coming along?

5:12 pm 19 Jun 19

Should never have pulled down the original building

5:01 pm 19 Jun 19

Get rid of the tree, there are plenty of other trees for the elitist to hug, and get on with developing this great asset.

    5:14 pm 19 Jun 19

    A little rich from someone who does not live here. Perhaps this advice sits well with residents in your city.

    5:37 pm 19 Jun 19

    Noel Benjamin I probably spend more time in Manuka than a Nimby like you and anyway I'm sure you can find other trees to hug.

    5:39 pm 19 Jun 19

    I live here and I say get rid of the tree. Hardly anyone knows where it is anyway. I am with you George. If the tree stays the whole block will run down.

    8:04 pm 19 Jun 19

    George Lemon Really, doing what?

    8:18 pm 19 Jun 19

    Noel Benjamin not that it is any of your business but I lived in Griffith for ten years, worked in the Parliamentary triangle, still have my PO Box at Manuka, socialise with friends at many Manuka cafes and restaurants and regularly attend the cinema there.

    9:12 pm 19 Jun 19

    George Lemon Good on you. One of those meretricious people. I and my social peers place more store on a pedigree education, erudite conversation, travel, and shared values beyond greed and profit.

    9:29 pm 19 Jun 19

    Noel Benjamin get rid of the tree, there are plenty of other trees for the elitist to hug, and get on with developing this great asset.

    7:12 am 20 Jun 19

    George Lemon must be those same air headed elitists you hung out with

    7:29 am 20 Jun 19

    Anthony Grice awe cup cake I'll find you another tree for you to hug.

    9:42 am 21 Jun 19

    George Lemon The only elitists these days are the unimaginative developers who seem to think they can do what they like for their own profit.

    10:06 am 21 Jun 19

    George Lemon you better stick to Qbn. It needs you more than we do. The Capitol Theatre is much more important to Canberrans than another bloody boxy, unimaginative cold hotel. We have plenty of those already. Our trees are also important, whether they’re looking old and craggy is unimportant, it’s their value to our environment is what’s important.

    The Capitol and that tree have historical value on their side. What can a cold looking hotel do, except bring more cars and cold hearted politicians to our city.

    6:25 pm 22 Jun 19

    Annie Wyer rubbish. I non significant tree and a hideous building not fit for purpose

4:56 pm 19 Jun 19

Great news

4:54 pm 19 Jun 19

Just update the cinema, leave the tree there! Enough greed.

4:52 pm 19 Jun 19

I am so glad the cinema will stay, never went to the cinema as much in my life as the 3 year I lived 3 minutes walk to this old lady.

4:48 pm 19 Jun 19

A new Cinema Complex ,great!! they need to get rid of the outdated cinemas that are there now ,toilets are disgusting ,if Work and Safety went there they would close the place down ,who cares about a bloody tree ,!!

4:18 pm 19 Jun 19

Who's the builder?

3:33 pm 19 Jun 19

That cinema is a mould-ridden cesspit anyway. Needs a complete refurbishment.

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