With the current construction happening in Sydney’s CBD at the moment, it feels like there are more institutions and iconic venues shutting down week by week, but last Thursday evening (23rd November 2017) saw the Sydney launch night of a new kind of cinema experience, “Cinema Reimagined”, at Palace Cinemas in Chippendale.
Sure, there have been pop-up events or (temporary) outdoor cinema experiences, but none of them has promised us a new permanent home that’s here to stay, until now.
Palace Central is located in the multi-award winning development, Central Park Mall and is set to change the game of what you’re used to when attending a movie session.
It’s not like back in the 90s when we grew up going to Hoyts or Greater Union with movie package deals, sitting in old, cheap loungey chairs watching a movie and then hoping to win some prizes at the nearby TimeZone.
Get that experience out of your head, because Palace Cinemas has arrived and it’s much fancier.
Think of an up-market cinema with 10 boutique auditoria, 3 platinum cinemas, multiple lounges, a beer hall with an extensive variety of local and international craft beers, a champagne bar, for wine connoisseurs, an interactive wine wall offering tastings of exclusive collectable wines, and of course, there will be popcorn and top-notch dining options for you to enjoy whilst you settle in to watch the very best new release films.
We experienced just a taste of the above when #the5to9life team was invited to attend the launch party and we honestly did not know what to expect.
Although we dressed up for the night, we decided to skip the red carpet and went straight to the champagne bar to enjoy the free glasses of champagne (of course), the beautiful views from the 3rd floor of the Central Park Mall, the stylish decor, and the upbeat music being played by the house DJ.
After an hour or so, we were all called to enter the new, boutique auditoriums to view an exclusive screening of new comedy, ‘downsizing’ starring Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Hong Chau and Christoph Waltz, but not before we were offered a mini meal to enjoy during the film.
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The film itself was quirky and funny, but Wiig was only it for the first 45 minutes or so, so it was a little disappointing that they had advertised her as having a starring role in the film. Oh well. Hong Chau was a stand-out in the film – if she wasn’t in it, the film would not be worthy of a watch, in our opinion.
After the screening, we were ushered out and invited to enjoy more champagne, wine, the delicious charcuterie boards and canapes on offer, and to also experience the beer hall which we kind of wish we had known about earlier in the night.
Overall, it was an eventful night and definitely a new experience that Sydney needs!
The new cinemas will showcase this summer’s best films including Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Alexander Payne’s downsizing, Andy Serkis’ Breathe, Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman, the French hit Just To Be Sure and, of course, Star Wars is on-sale now!
The new Palace Cinemas in Chippendale is something that you have to experience for yourselves!
Photos captured by Jim Lee, unless otherwise noted.
*Many thanks to TM Publicity for the invitation.
Level 3, Central Park Mall,
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW