There are many reasons to love Prospect. Now, film is one of them. Anticipation levels are rising as Palace Nova Prospect Cinema prepares to open to the public on 7 December. The new 1930s art deco-themed building is a great addition to a suburb full of cafes, restaurants and public art.
“It has 14 cinemas ranging from 24 seats in the smallest to 147 seats in the largest,” says Palace Nova’s Lisa Stewart. Eight small boutique cinemas provide an intimate experience. “We have a varied range of seating across the board,” Lisa says. “It’s about connecting with our audience. We want people to feel an inclusiveness when they come.”
Expect everything from arthouse to quality mainstream flicks. “From stage to screen, opera, ballet, National Theatre Live and our film festivals. We source the best films from around the world.” The venue is licensed so it can all be enjoyed with a glass of vino in hand. A selection of South Australian wine and beer is available behind the bar, as are cheese platters and snacks. “We’re not offering a massive selection of food as there are some fantastic restaurants just below the cinema.”
Don’t stress. You can still grab a giant box of popcorn and a packet of Maltesers. “We’re famous for our choc tops here so we’ll always have those available.”
The expansion is good news for film-goers. They’re in good hands.
“For us it’s all about providing the best customer service. We love film so as long as we are sourcing beautiful and quality movies from around the world there will always be a market for people to come and watch films.”
Palace Nova is also behind the multiple screens in the CBD’s East End. The decision to close down the second cinema on Rundle Street ended years of confusion for Adelaide moviegoers. “It was definitely influenced by the confusion of our audiences.” The new Prospect site was redeveloped after it was purchased by the Maras Group.
“We’ve had lots of support from City of Prospect Council. They’ve been really fantastic and a key driver. We’ve also had fantastic support from the residents of the City of Prospect.”
It’s been a long time coming. “The process has taken several years; from initial discussions through to design and build.”
It’s all great date night fodder but families will be well looked after, too. Family films, mums and bubs screenings and films with closed captions and audio descriptions will also be featured. There are cheap tickets and a few freebies on the horizon, too. Palace Nova offers the cheapest movie tickets in Adelaide every Monday and Tuesday. At seven dollars a ticket before 4pm, and nine dollars a ticket after 4pm, it’s a cheap night out.
Fans of the Force are also in for a treat. “A massive, massive film is going to be Star Wars which opens on 14 December. We’ll be open just in time for that and it will be absolutely amazing.”
Palace Nova Prospect is now open. Keep your eye on the Facebook page for special announcements during opening week. From 7 to 13 December, Palace Nova Prospect will offer free screenings to local schools. Conditions apply, so get in contact via email to confirm.
This blog was produced in partnership for Palace Nova.