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Tuggers Cinema: Reopening 26 Dec

By Ryan - 17 December 2009 17

WIN News tonight featured a quick story on the Tuggeranong Hyperdome Cinema. Following Hoyts’ exit earlier this year, “Limelight Cinemas” will fill the void, reopening on 26 December after some renovations (and going by the pictures on WIN News, looks very swish too)

Their website can be found here

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Tuggers Cinema: Reopening 26 Dec
bd84 9:23 pm 24 Dec 09

http://www.limelightcinemas.com.au/

Details of the cinemas are now up on their website. $9.90 for an adult and $7.70 for a childe will help get a fair few people through the doors, especially if they’ve been upgraded and now digital.

WalkTheTalk 10:24 am 22 Dec 09

It will be interesting to see how this mob goes.

They’ve got a good shot if all those who were disappointed to lose a local cinema (irrespective of its condition) realise the best way to keep one is to support it!

I think one of the dramas currently facing cinemas is the behaviour of a small number of patrons who think that it’s ok to talk during the movie and throw things at others.

No matter how cheap the tickets – no one should be expected to put up with that.

taco 9:52 pm 20 Dec 09

So it’s not the pirates/home cinema killing the cinema, it’s the greedy movie studios jacking prices up too high so they can reap record profits

Panhead 2:51 pm 19 Dec 09

I agree with what you guys are saying but I’ve learnt from working in the cinema business the last two years that the ticket prices are jacked up to cover the cost of purchasing/renting the film from the distributors and such. Hoyts are trying to keep there prices as low as possible, even though it means not making a profit. Hence the massive food costs so they can pocket some money at the end of the day. I think that what Limelight is doing is taking a massive risk that could either take off or send them down, depends on how many patrons they pull in. I wish them the best of luck and will definitely see a movie there.

Skidbladnir 5:16 pm 18 Dec 09

deezagood said :

Panhead said :

This will go bust very quickly. No cinema in Canberra is making a profit even with the massive prices.

Panhead, I believe the reason the cinermas aren’t making money, is that it is just too bloody expensive to go to the movies these days, especially if you have kids.

Agreed…
It costs the cinema the same to run a film for 5 people as it does for a full house. I like the Asian model, where you price according to demand. (ie: busy days cost more, unpopular nights are much easier to get tickets for).

Cinemas see use, audiences see movies, full-house shows still sell nibblies & treats.

Ricky Boy 1:31 pm 18 Dec 09

Had a look through the new Limelight Cinemas – fantastic! No worn out carpets, no dirty smelly seats, no grunge. These theatres will take off! And the screen image – fantastic. I love film, but I am quickly becoming a digital convert after seeing the image on the screen. Hoyts loss – our gain! Lucky Tuggers!

sloppery 12:49 pm 18 Dec 09

If they price it sensibly (which I believe they are), they could well have a winner on their hands.

deezagood 12:28 pm 18 Dec 09

Panhead said :

This will go bust very quickly. No cinema in Canberra is making a profit even with the massive prices.

Panhead, I believe the reason the cinermas aren’t making money, is that it is just too bloody expensive to go to the movies these days, especially if you have kids. In America, movie tickets are so much cheaper, and they enjoy a thriving cinema industry. I know that I will go to the movies a lot more if the prices come down, and I bet a lot of others feel the same way. Higher turnover makes up for the lower prices. I hope this model proves really successful, because I really miss going to the movies once or even twice a week (as we did in the States).

Gungahlin Al 9:27 am 18 Dec 09

That’s good news for Tuggers and good for cinema goers in Canberra. The absurd pricing makes a family movie trip totally out of the question at the big chains. Problem with any duopoly…

The Goulburn cinemas always used similar pricing to what is proposed and did very well. Most of the money in cinemas now is surely in the building, equipment and the film hire? Takes stuff all staff to run them now.

trevar 6:32 am 18 Dec 09

Awesome! Looks like it might be independent too! A vast improvement on Hoyts, no matter what they do!

Dazzlar 11:18 pm 17 Dec 09

Yay for Tuggers! I’ll give it a go!

Panhead 10:50 pm 17 Dec 09

This will go bust very quickly. No cinema in Canberra is making a profit even with the massive prices.

Sammy 10:12 pm 17 Dec 09

Appears to be run by Ross Entwhistle:

He is currently the president elect of the Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers and is a former Chair of both the Australian Cinema Exhibition Coalition (ACEC) and the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Mr Entwistle previously held the position of Managing Director of AHL Entertainment, a division of Amalgamated Holdings Limited, which includes ‘Greater Union’ and ‘Birch Carroll and Coyle’ cinemas, where he managed Australia’s largest cinema circuit.

Prior to this Mr Entwistle was Managing Director of Sony Pictures Releasing (Australia) Pty Ltd where he oversaw the Australian release of some of the company’s most successful movies. He has also held senior positions with Village Roadshow.

Ryan 9:51 pm 17 Dec 09

There was also a short piece on the Canberra Times – Adult prices Wednesday-Monday were about the $9.50 mark, dropping to about $6.50 on Tuesdays. Concessions/Students cheaper still.

That’s enough to take my business away from Dendy!

junkett 8:34 pm 17 Dec 09

I’m hopeful it takes off and is as reasonably priced with a decent set up as the site suggests. It will be nice to enjoy some bloke movies in style, and take the kids to a place that isn’t as run down as the old cinema was. If it works out, we’ll allow the rest of the ACT rabble to watch movies in the best part of town!

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