New life for Dendy cinema

MELBOURNE-based cinema chain Palace has announced it will take over the Byron Bay Dendy cinema site.

Executive director of Palace, Benjamin Zeccola, said a long-term lease had been signed and the new cinema would be operating by mid-November.

Palace plans to upgrade the facilities at the cinema in early 2013, enhancing the bar, foyer and cinema and switching to HD digital projection. The company also wants to add new screens, possibly doubling the existing three.

The Palace Byron Bay would initially offer mainly arthouse and independent films, with more mainstream quality family films during the school holidays.

It will also host international film festivals

Mr Zeccola said Palace was well-known for its focus on hospitality and this was something the company was looking forward to bringing to Byron Bay.

"Locals will be invited to indulge in a pre-film sparkling wine from the carefully curated wine list, enjoy a freshly ground fair trade coffee, and there will also be locally sourced delectables to accompany a premium cinema-going experience," he said.

Palace operates 22 cinemas across the country.

Mr Zeccola said the 19 staff employed at the Dendy would be invited to work with Palace.

"Everybody who wants to come on board will be welcome," he said.

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