Ex-prison in Melbourne converted into a grand cinema

Melbourne’s historic Pentridge prison site is set to become the latest home for movie lovers from December 2020. Palace Cinemas has announced it will open Melbourne’s newest movie complex – Pentridge Cinema – in time for Christmas, encouraging locals and visitors alike to enjoy a pastime that has eluded them for most of 2020 (no thanks to Covid-19).
The 15-screen cinema complex will be located within the Pentridge development in Coburg, a site that comprises 6.7 hectares of entertainment, dining, public spaces and specialty stores.
Palace Cinemas is renowned for its curation of high-quality films and international film festivals, with Pentridge Cinema becoming its largest to date showcasing Hollywood’s best and most prominent new releases. The cinema complex can hold up to 1,100 guests across its 15 auditoriums, all with luxurious fully-reclining seats and boasting Dolby Atmos surround sound, promising the most elevated cinema viewing experience possible.
Pentridge Cinema will open with a full slate of new release films including blockbusters such, Death On The Nile, Coming 2 America, Free Guy & Wonder Woman 1984 as well as a few familiar family favourites.
The $2 million Pentridge restoration project built within the historic site includes contemporary architecture and engaging public spaces, including a 6,500 square metre piazza. It will transition into a community inclusive space that champions both adaptive reuse architecture, as well as the iconic heritage aspects that feature stories from the former prison.
Tickets for Pentridge Cinema’s opening week will be available here:

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