Cinema Returns to Perth’s CBD

Cinema Returns to Perth’s CBD


Palace Cinemas and Charter Hall have announced they have received Perth City Council’s approval to open a new 12 screen cinema as part of the transformation of Raine Square in Perth’s CBD.

Palace Cinemas will open on Level 2 of the centre in late 2018, representing the return of the cinematic experience to Perth’s CBD for the first time in over three years. After the closure of two multiplexes, between 2000 and 2007, and the closure of the Piccadilly Theatre in 2013, Perth became the only capital city in Australia with no cinema in its CBD.

Showing the best new release films in stylish and unique architectural spaces, Palace Cinemas will also bring its much-loved collection of international film festivals to the precinct, delivering the best of contemporary cinema. A carefully curated program of stage-to-screen content from the world’s foremost dance, opera and theatre companies, including Covent Garden, La Scala, Bolshoi Ballet, Opera D’Italia and National Theatre, will also feature.

Palace Cinemas operate 20 key locations across Australia, including Cinema Como in Melbourne, Palace Norton Street in Sydney and Palace Electric in Canberra. Palace Cinemas’ CEO, Benjamin Zeccola, says of the news: “We’re excited to be bringing thrill of the cinema-going experience back to Perth’s CBD. Our vision for Palace Raine Square is to create a vibrant film, arts, and hospitality hub, which will unite cinema lovers of all ages and cultural backgrounds.”

Situated across from Perth Underground railway station on William Street, the three-level Raine Square development will refurbish the Royal and Wentworth heritage buildings, introduce a new hotel tower on the corner of Murray and Wellington streets, and establish a seven-day a week food emporium.

(PICTURED ABOVE: Artist impression of enhanced retail ‘high street’ and new tower at Raine Square.  The new 12-screen Palace Cinema location will take over the second level.)

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