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ALBERT PARK: The former Dux        BENDIGO: More than 100 patrons
                                            Theatre is up for private sale. This  were evacuated from the Village
                                            includes a permit to redevelop the  Cinema Complex on February 19
                                            building into four-storey residential  when alarms were set off by acrid
            ST.KILDA: Unable to find a new  apartments.                        electrical smelling smoke billowing
          tenant to lease the closed George                                    from a rectifier in the projection room.
          Cinemas, the building’s owner, a
          retired film-buff refurbished the three-                             WESTERN AUSTRALIA
          screen complex and re-opened it
          himself on 10th March 2011. Renamed                                     WYNDHAM: The open-air (1969)
          the Aurora Cinemas, the venture was                                  Picture Gardens have re-opened after
          short-lived and closed again with less                               a major refurbishment. This has
          than two weeks of trading. The cinemas                               included a new building and the
          originally opened in 1994 but were                                   installation of surround sound and a
          closed and vacated in October 2010 by                                NEC NC200D digital projector with a
          the Palace Cinemas company who       GLENFERRIE: Long ago            GDC server.
          reported that the location had been  converted into a shopping arcade with
          losing up to $400,000 a year.     first-floor theatre-restaurant and dance-
                                            studio, the former Glen Theatre
                                            building was sold last year for a
                                            $5million. New owner, Eddie Tamir
                                            (who also operates the Belgrave Cameo
                                            and Elsternwick Classic cinemas) has
                                            applied to Boroondara Council to
                                            rebuild the property with an eight-
                                            screen cinema complex on the upper
                                            level – along with a 100-seat roof-top
                                            cinema. The complex is to be called
                                            The Lido.
                                               BELGRAVE: The Cameo
                                            Cinemas have constructed two brand
                                            new auditoriums at the rear of existing
                                            buildings. The ultra-modern Cinemas 6
                                            and 7 opened on March 3, 2011 and
                                            complement a complex that now
                                            features the original 1935 auditorium
                                            plus modern cinemas as well as a large
                                                                                  ALBANY: Overlooking the
                                            outdoor cinema for the summer
            CHARLTON: In a repeat of                                           harbour, the strikingly modern, Albany
          September 2010, the historic Rex                                     Entertainment Centre opened on
          Theatre again suffered significant   MELBOURNE: Amalgamated          December 11, 2010. The complex
          damage in February when flood-waters  Holdings are considering the possibility  features the large, 620-seat Princess
          inundated the building for a second time.    of a future cbd hotel development by  Royal Theatre as well as a smaller
                                            utilising the site of their current
            This has rendered it inoperable with                               200-seat performance Studio along
                                            Greater Union Cinemas in Russell
          all the electrical wiring water- damaged,                            with bars and a restaurant.
          all carpets ruined, two-thirds of the
                                                                                  PERTH: The multi-million dollar
          downstairs seating un-useable, warped
                                                                               State Theatre Centre finally had its
          panelling, the piano water-damaged and
                                                                               grand opening on January 27th, 2011
          foyer fittings detached. Most of the
                                                                               with an opening ceremony held in the
          town was badly affected again and has
                                                                               575-seat Heath Ledger auditorium.
          left many fighting difficult insurance
          battles before any restoration can start.
            MELBOURNE: Yet another major
          piece of the cbd’s theatre history is set                               QUEENSTOWN: The historic
          to disappear as the Palace Theatre in                                Paragon Theatre in is currently for
          Bourke Street is expected to be sold for                             sale with a $500.000 price tag. In
          around $20 million before being      LAKE EPPALOCK: The future of    recent years the theatre has been nicely
          demolished for redevelopment. A retail  Eppalock Open-Air Cinema is in  refurbished by a local doctor who has
          centre and 140-metre high apartment  doubt with a 60% drop in patronage  now returned to his home overseas. In
          tower is proposed to replace the historic  from last year over the past summer  April, a major fire at the adjoining
          three-level theatre that over the last  season. The family-run theatre has been  service station next door caused no
          century has also traded as the Apollo,  in operation at the lake near Bendigo  damage to the theatre whose concrete
          St.James and Metro.               for forty years.                   walls surely came in handy.

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