What's better than the opening of a new Brisbane cinema? A weekend-long party to celebrate the opening of a new Brisbane cinema, of course. After Reading Cinemas Newmarket swings into action from 12.01am on December 14, Newmarket Village is dedicating two days to celebrating in film-themed style.
Indeed, this isn't any old cinema shindig. Down in the precinct's basement from midday until 9pm on December 16 and 17, a Gelato Messina-run, Pulp Fiction-inspired Jack Rabbit Slims bar will be serving salted caramel, chocolate fondant, and coconut and lychee-flavoured $5 shakes (of course) aplenty — aka, getting you in the mood to break out your twist moves to soundtrack-heavy DJ sets. A Star Wars virtual reality game, Darth Vader doughnuts, and scenes recreated from Forest Gump, Indiana Jones and Up will also keep the movie love flowing.
Then there's the cocktail classes. Shaun Byrne from Melbourne's Gin Palace will be on hand, hosting four different sessions filled with film-centric beverages. Fancy a boozy take on the $5 shake (it had to happen)? A Golightly Royale, Guzzolene Old Fashioned, Rum Spider, Silence of the Sangria, A Friend named Frank or Wayne Manor (yes, they're tipples nodding to Breakfast at Tiffany's, Mad Max, Back to the Feature, The Silence of the Lambs, Donnie Darko and The Dark Knight). If so, you can get a free taste and the know-how to make them, with bookings required.