A new Palace for Pentridge
Palace Cinemas to open sustainable design at Pentridge
In an exciting move for the former prison, Palace Cinemas have announced plans to open a 15-screen cinema within Pentridge’s iconic bluestone walls.
While the cinema will not be built within an existing heritage building, it’s environmentally sustainable design and village feel and will sit within a brand new 3,650 square metre boutique shopping precinct envisaged in the site’s Masterplan. Temporarily named ‘Palace Champ Street’, it will be a natural addition to its solar-powered sister cinema, Palace Westgarth in nearby Northcote, as well as contribute to the urban redesign of the Pentridge site.
Shayher Group spokesman, Anthony Goh said the collaboration with Palace Cinemas will help establish Pentridge as a new, stylish, urban village that brings the community together to socialize and enjoy cultural experiences.
“Our vision for Pentridge is to create a vibrant, well-designed urban village that breathes new life into this historical asset, transforming it from one of Australia’s most prominent jails into a new community hub complete with retail, housing, community areas and open public spaces.
We want to celebrate and retain the rich historical elements of Pentridge by creating an authentic place that Melbourne’s arts, community, cultural and boutique business groups want to be associated with.”
Palace Cinemas was a natural fit for the Pentridge site as their films supports the diverse multicultural northern suburbs of Melbourne. Showing the best of high-quality mainstream and independent new release films, Palace Cinemas will also bring its trademark and much-loved collection of international film festivals to the precinct, delivering the best of contemporary cinema from Italy, Spain, and France, among other countries.
Palace Champ Street will be another leap forward for the Pentridge site, which is currently undergoing a $2 million restoration project on existing historic buildings as well as new designs for additional contemporary architecture, hotel and engaging public spaces. It will be transitioning into a community inclusive space that champions both adaptive reuse architecture as well as the iconic, heritage aspects and stories of the former prison.
Construction on the two-story retail precinct is expected to begin in 2017 and completed in 2019, with Palace Champ Street Cinema to open its doors in mid-2019.
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