River at heart of project, says cinema boss
THE Riverlink cinemas will be at the heart of Ipswich embracing the Bremer River, according to managing director of Limelight Cinemas Ross Entwistle.
Mr Entwistle said the cinemas' place at the centre of a new dining precinct at Riverlink overlooking the river would be a prime location on the Bremer.
Mr Entwistle has been in Ipswich inspecting the construction and meeting the Ipswich City Council in preparation for the opening.
"Most cities that are situated on a river tend to embrace
them and I think Ipswich hasn't really done that yet," he said.
"A dining and recreation precinct like this is something Riverlink and Ipswich have really been missing.
"Going to the movies is more than just being at the cinemas.
"Having a full dining precinct or people to have dinner and a night out is important to us."
Limelight is targeting a late- November opening with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire set to be their first blockbuster.
"We're still on track for a late-November opening," he said.
"We don't have an official date yet, but everything is progressing to schedule."
Mr Entwistle said the he complex would include a 340-seat cinema whichwould be one of the largest modern cinemas being built in Australia.
"If this was built 10 years ago, a room that size, 100 extra seats probably would have done it.
"But this is at the upper end of the scale in today's world.
"We've found comfort is one of the most important things to people, so we've increased the size of the rows and leg room."