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MARION: Greater Union’s                                               CARLTON: The Nova Cinema
          application for an extended liquor                                   Complex has opened four new
          licence at its Marion Cinema                                         auditoriums. The additional cinemas
          Complex has been put on hold.                                        are all digital and this now brings the
            The company applied for an                                         original Nova Twin up to a total of 15
          extension of its liquor licence to cover                             screens!
          the entire cinema complex - not just the                                ST.KILDA: The George Cinemas
          three Gold Class theatres precinct.                                  will close at the end of September
            NORTH ADELAIDE: The                                                when Palace walks away from the
          Piccadilly Cinemas will celebrate its                                under-achieving site.
                                               NORTHCOTE: An extra storey is
          70th birthday on Saturday 23rd                                          WESTERN SUBURBS: In
                                            proposed for the conversion of the
          October. A charity screening of the                                  Footscray, conversion of the long-
                                            former Plaza Theatre to retail, office
          opening film “First Love” will be held                               derelict Barkly Theatre into modern
                                            and living spaces. The theatre’s
          on Sunday 24th. The same charities                                   apartments has finally been completed.
                                            distinctive façade is to remain as a
          will benefit as for the gala opening in                              In nearby Yarraville, the conversion of
                                            reminder of its theatrical past.
          1940.                                                                the former St. Georges Theatre has
                                               MELBOURNE: It is sad to report
                                                                               stalled due to lack of funds.
                                            that long-time Roadshow Film identity,
                                            Ian Sands passed away on Friday 30th
                                            July due to heart surgery complications.
                                            Only 56, Ian was much respected
                                            throughout the industry; a moving
                                            memorial service was well attended at
                                            St.Kilda’s Astor Theatre.
                                               WARRNAMBOOL: The fire-
                                            damaged Capitol Cinema Complex
                                            opened to the public on 29th July after
                                            a gala re-opening the night before. The
                                            rebuild also saw the installation of 3D
                                            equipment enabling the cinema to
                                            catch-up on a back-log of titles and re-
          VICTORIA                          open with Avatar, Alice in Wonderland  EAST BURWOOD: Reading
                                            and Toy Story 3 as well as a number of  Cinemas has pulled the plug on its
            DOCKLANDS: Financial issues
                                            2D titles.                         long-proposed Burwood Development.
          with the DFO Shopping Centre at
                                                                               The 50-acre old brickworks site they
          Southbank have put on hold a proposed
                                                                               purchased in 1996 had permission to
          multi-screen Cineplex that was planned
                                                                               develop into a 17-screen cinema
          for a December 2010 opening.
                                                                               complex of 3000 seats, a 10 lane
            NORTHCOTE: An application has                                      bowling alley, gym and child care
          been lodged for the de-registration of                               centre. The site is now valued at a cool
          the former Northcote Theatre. An                                     $46.7 million.
          objection to the recommendation that
                                                                                  FOREST HILL: The Hoyts
          the theatre should NOT be included in
                                                                               complex closed on Monday 5th July for
          the Victorian Heritage Register has
                                                                               major renovations and will reopen in
          been received and a hearing will be
                                                                               late 2010.
          held on November 9th.                BELGRAVE: Two additional
                                                                                  SOUTH MELBOURNE:
            MELBOURNE CBD: The Palace       screens are being added to the rear of  “Goodnight Hamer Hall” was the final
          Theatre in Bourke Street (Metro/  the Cameo Cinemas and are expected  concert on Saturday 3rd July before the
          St. James/Apollo) has also NOT been  to be open by late December. This will  theatre closed for two years and a
          recommended for inclusion in the  give the Cameo seven indoor cinemas  controversial $128 million refurbishment.
          Victorian Heritage listing.       in addition to their popular outdoor
                                            screen.                            A public inspection was held the next day
            MELBOURNE CBD: The former                                          on the Sunday afternoon.
          Hoyts Cinema Centre at 140 Bourke
                                                                                  SOUTH YARRA: The former
          Street has been on the market again as
                                                                               Longford Cinema (closed in 2001) is
          one of the city’s largest-ever strata
                                                                               set to be redeveloped into a five-level,
          sales. The three-level health / exercise
                                                                               36-unit apartment complex with ground-
          complex that now occupies the former
                                                                               floor shops. One-bedroom apartments in
          cinemas is on a 15-year lease to Virgin
                                                                               the high-end redevelopment will start at
          Active.  The price is $18 million.
                                                                               $515,000 and will include a car park and
                                                                               storage room.

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