News

New cinema about to open

Palace Cinemas takes over the old Dendy Byron Bay cinema from Wednesday.
Palace Cinemas takes over the old Dendy Byron Bay cinema from Wednesday. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

BREAK out the popcorn, the choc tops and, now, even a glass of vino.

The Northern Rivers will have a new cinema, using state-of-the-art technology, from Wednesday at midnight.

That's when the Palace Cinema, that will replace the popular Dendy in Byron Bay, will have its first screening.

The film of choice - the final Twilight film Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Then, on Thursday, it's back to business for many of the former staff who have been reemployed by the new, Melbourne-based owners, and patrons who loved to catch a movie at this venue.

The final credits rolled for Byron Bay's Dendy at the end of October after financial troubles for the operation.

But the news that another boutique operator, Palace Cinemas, would take over, lifted local spirits.

Palace executive director Benjamin Zeccola said they would re-launch as a fully digital cinema with the very latest in digital projection and sound "introducing locals to a stunning state-of-the-art experience."

Rose Fox, who is now doing the marketing for Palace, said patrons would also be thrilled with a diverse range of programming.

These will include French film The Intouchables, based on a true story about an aristocrat who becomes a quadriplegic after a paragliding accident, and hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker; Argo starring and directed by Ben Affleck, based on former CIA operative Tony Mendez's account of the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis; and Woody Allen's new film To Rome With Love starring Penelope Cruz and Alec Baldwin, continuing Woody's love affair with Europe after last year's fabulous Midnight in Paris.

"Many patrons, including it has to be said myself, are also going to be delighted that they'll be able to enjoy a pre-film glass of wine or a premium beer from the Palace licensed bar," Ms Fox said.

Topics:  palace cinemas


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Welcome to Northern Rivers’ first golf course of its kind

IT’S OPEN: The Ballina Disc Golf Course at Bicentennial Gardens was officially opened last week by US-born disc golf player Jesse Amos, who pushed for the course, and Ballina Shire councillor Jeff Johnson.

Reports of at least one hole-in-one already

Who wants to be an engineer?

Sparks flly as the laser cutter slices through a 3/4 in sheet of steel at Adnought Sheet metal Fabrications. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

Calling young people who have thought about an engineering career

'Urgent repairs' needed at Ballina rugby league club

Ballina Seagulls players pictured in September 2015.

Ballina Seagulls fans advised not to sit in grandstand

Latest deals and offers

Bring home the bacon at Northern Rivers festival

LES Wiles isn’t telling porkies when he says this Sunday’s Alstonville Family Festival will be lots of fun.

Welcome to Northern Rivers’ first golf course of its kind

IT’S OPEN: The Ballina Disc Golf Course at Bicentennial Gardens was officially opened last week by US-born disc golf player Jesse Amos, who pushed for the course, and Ballina Shire councillor Jeff Johnson.

Reports of at least one hole-in-one already

Who wants to be an engineer?

Sparks flly as the laser cutter slices through a 3/4 in sheet of steel at Adnought Sheet metal Fabrications. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

Calling young people who have thought about an engineering career

'Urgent repairs' needed at Ballina rugby league club

Ballina Seagulls players pictured in September 2015.

Ballina Seagulls fans advised not to sit in grandstand

FitzSimons brings Republic mission to Northern Rivers today

The Australian Republican Movement’s National Chair Peter FitzSimons AM.

Peter FitzSimons will be speaking in Lismore and Ballina today

Backpacker tax: Cut it in half or scrap it?

Janelle Saffin and Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs Joel Fitzgibbon discuss the proposed backpacker tax outside Janelle’s office.

Shadow Minister Joel Fitzgibbon: Backpacker tax should be scrapped.

Vanessa from the Northern Rivers, Vivid queen of Sydney

LOCAL LADY: Tobin Saunders as the outgoing Vanessa Wagner.

BALLINA-based gender illusionist Vanessa Wagner at Vivid

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest