Riverlink's go-ahead for cinema

RIVERLINK Shopping Centre is set to be the home of a new multi-cinema complex.

Ipswich City Council yesterday announced that plans for the three-level, eight-cinema development had been approved.

Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully said the development included other commercial businesses including food and drink outlets, covering a total of 4800sq m adjacent to the River Heart parklands.

"The centre is already home to a number of major retailers along with more than 130 specialty stores and a dedicated seven-day medical centre on site with a pharmacy and other specialist services," Cr Tully said.

"Ipswich residents will be able to meet their shopping needs as well as have a fun day out at the movies all in the one easy-to-access location."

The cinema will be built over three levels in Riverlink's eastern precinct, with the foyer to be located at ground level.

The eight cinemas will be positioned on the first floor level with the projection level above.

Once open, the cinemas will operate seven days a week.

Riverlink owners Leda Property Group are responsible for the application. A cinema operator is yet to be nominated.

Neither Event Cinemas, Reading Cinemas or Ciniplex indicated they had plans to move to Riverlink.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said the existing cinemas in the CBD would continue to operate once those at Riverlink opened.

He said he looked forward to increased competition between the Event Cinemas in the CBD, the Reading Cinemas at Redbank and the new complex.

"This is about the city growing up," Cr Pisasale said.

"It's going to be good for the consumer - hopefully the added competition will result in new-release movies being shown to Ipswich audiences sooner."

It was expected the new cinemas would seat a maximum of about 1500 people.

Cr Pisasale said he hoped Ipswich could now become an attraction for movie buffs from outside the city limits.

"We want to make the CBD a destination for people from areas like Jindalee and the western suburbs of Brisbane," he said.

A date for the beginning of construction has not been set.

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