Palace Cinemas opens up at Raine Square in Perth
It’s a cinema like no other Perth has seen.
We all love popcorn and a Choc-Top while watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster, but how about also tucking into a cheese board, chartreuse plateand a glass of champagne?
When Palace Cinemas opens its doors next Tuesday at the new-look Raine Square, cinema-goers heading back to the city to catch a big-screen adventure are guaranteed to be treated like royalty.
The entertainment group says it wants to bring back cinema’s glamorous past with a modern, affordable twist.
Since the much-loved Piccadilly held its last screening five years ago, there’s been nowhere to see a movie in the CBD.
Palace Cinemas business development manager Kevin Leutenegger said the complex would bring back a touch of luxury to the experience of heading into the city to see a movie.
The fully licensed complex will allow patrons to enjoy a drink in the candy bar area, the champagne bar or on the rooftop before they take a seat in reclining chairs covered in hand-made premium Spanish leather.
And while many of us have got used to a certain style in Gold Class cinemas, Palace says its throwing down the gauntlet with its Platinum Class cinemas, where you’ll have a call button, reclining seats and in-cinema waiters and a selection of premium-quality food.
The complex will be the crown jewel in the $250 million Raine Square redevelopment, which has tunnel access from the Perth underground train station, with stage one open on Monday.
Along with Coles Central and Michelin-starred dim sum chain Tim Ho Wan the area will be home to 12 casual dining restaurants and a luxury fashion precinct along Murray Street in stage two of the development, due to open mid next year.
For the hungry and thirsty, newcomers include: Greenhorns, a licensed burger bar; Brezel Brothers, a Swiss pretzel concept shop; batch roasting experts Voodoo Coffee; for the sweet-toothed Cocolat; fresh, made-to-order food at Thai Thyme; and sushi at Tokyo Station.
Fronting a newly created laneway will be grab-and-go style dining offerings.
The third stage of the project will be the Royal Hotel on the corner of William and Wellington streets which is due to open at the end of next year.
Developer Charter Hall says the project aims to create a seven-day late-night shopping, dining and entertainment precinct in the heart of the CBD.