These Two Brisbane Cinemas Are About to Look a Whole Lot Different
Cineplex Hawthorne and the Eldorado are both getting a makeover.
January 17, 2016
If you live in Brisbane and like your cinema experiences with a bit more personality, a bit less of a chain-store multiplex vibe, or just flat out refuse to pay $20 for a ticket, then you've probably been to Cineplex Hawthorne or the Eldorado at Indooroopilly. They're the picture palaces every uni student, film buff and cheapskate loves — and they're both getting a revamp.
Okay well technically the current Hawthorne venue is staying the same, but it is getting a fancy sibling across the road. Think of it as their luxury offshoot, complete with 64 seats, a high-spec sound system, a kitchen and a bar. If you've seen the cottage surrounded by construction opposite the existing cinema, then you've seen the beginnings of the new movie theatre, which will host special events as well as Cineplex's usual assortment of blockbusters and arthouse fare.
At Eldorado, it's out with the old and in with the new. Say goodbye to the current pink, beige and blue building, as it's getting torn down to make way for two gigantic apartment buildings complete with cafes, restaurants, bars, a pub and even a bowling alley and laser skirmish. Thankfully, 10 indoor cinemas will also be part of the mix, retaining the site's almost century-long history of showing movies. An outdoor screen is also in the works, which is welcome news for anyone in the western suburbs who likes watching flicks under the stars.
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