Opening this Weekend – Palace Electric
by The Editor
Remember back in 2005 when a city cinema goer was faced with only two options – the decrepitude of Greater Union in the Interchange (otherwise known as the Adam Sandler Multiplex), or the two postcard-sized screens at Electric Shadows which we all suffered simply because it hadn’t ‘sold out’.
Then Dendy arrived – wedged in the upper half of the North Quarter. With lounge seats and a functioning bar it was as though civilisation had finally premiered. The combination of popcorn films and Met Opera toff was a little difficult for some to swallow, but there was little option when there was only one major venue to see films in the city.
Now there is a new kid on the block. Things might be shaken up a bit.
Tonight sees Palace Electric, housed in the Nishi Precinct over at New Acton, throw open its doors for a red carpet preview. The venue offers eight cinemas with what they describe as an ‘ampitheatre’ feel. The stated capacity for the entire complex is 800, so it will be interesting to compare the most intimate to most expansive of the rooms.
It all looks rather lush; however the lack of parking and limited population on that side of town may be an issue. Still, the Western side of Civic has seen resurgence over the last five years so – perhaps then the gamble isn’t as large we may think.
After a false start (a lack of power, ironically) the public opening for Palace Electric is on Thursday 24 January. We noticed Dendy have a rather timely promotion as well. Who would have thought?
Palace Electric Cinema,