Palace Films and Cinemas
Palace Films and Cinemas is an Australian film production and distribution company that is also a major cinema chain especially in Melbourne. Palace Cinemas currently comprises 20 cinemas with 85 screens. The business employs over 500 staff and the head office is in the Melbourne suburb of Balwyn, connected to the Balwyn Theatre(Also called Balwyn Cinema), which is the oldest theatre/cinema operated by Palace, having opened in 1930. The cinemas specialise in foreign language and art house films.
The Palace Cinema chain operates in most states, except Tasmania and the territories. They exhibit films of both a mainstream and an arthouse type, but the cinemas are usually focused on one film type or the other and rarely both. Notably, Palace operates several cinemas that originally opened as single screen theatres (some of which have received heritage status). All have subsequently been renovated and internally converted to multiplex, sometimes with the original screen, remaining as the largest auditorium/cinema at each venue. The original facades, box office, candy-bar and foyers in these historic venues, have been modernised and restored with care.
In the Melbourne suburb of Brighton, Palace operates 2 Cinemas within 10 minutes drive of each other, making it one of the only operators in Australia to own two indoor cinemas in the same suburb. Dendy Brighton, on Dendy Street, is more centralised in Brighton's main shopping strip, and therefore shows Commercial films. Brighton Bay, is in another smaller shopping strip on Bay Street, in North Brighton, and plays mostly arthouse films. The two cinemas will not show the same films (although this rule has been ignored on a few occasions, due to demand).
Palace does not own the cinemas in Perth on their own, they are in partnership with Luna Cinemas. As such the Perth cinemas, called "Luna Palace Cinemas" have their own independent website and have their own membership program and offers. Palace Cinemas regular nationwide membership, and offers in other states, is therefore not necessarily valid at these cinemas. "Luna Palace" uniquely operates 2 seasonal outdoor cinemas, one in Leederville(opposite their traditional cinema) and one in Margret River.
Although Kino Cinemas in Melbourne is also a Partnership operation, they have decided to honor the membership card program and ticket discount offers.
- Balwyn(Head Office)
- Dendy Brighton
- Brighton Bay
New South Wales
- Norton Street, Leichhardt
- Byron Bay
- Palace Electric
- Nova Eastend
- Luna(Inc. Luna Outdoor Cinema)
- Luna on SX
- The Vineyard(Outdoor Cinema)
Palace Cinemas host regular minor international film festivals, including the Alliance Française French Film Festival, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival, the Spanish Film Festival, German Film Festival and Israeli Film Festival.
- Palace Cinemas: History, retrieved 23 February 2011
- Palace Cinemas: Contact Us, retrieved 11 March 2012
- Palace Films Website
- Palace Cinemas Website
- Luna Palace Cinemas official website
- Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Website
- Lavazza Italian Film Festival homepage
- The Age: Say hola to cultural freedom, 30 April 2010