Palace Cinemas has gifted Sydney with an enormous new complex — and it's unlike any other cinema in the city. With ten theatres and a platinum area with three additional premium screens, Palace now fully commandeers level three of Chippendale's multi-purpose development Central Park. It's huge news for Sydney's cinephiles.
There are multiple lounges and bar areas with views over the Central Park area, perfect for unwinding with a glass of pinot before or after a film. They've also put in a beer hall with local and international craft beer, a Champagne bar and a temperature-controlled wine wall offering bottles from Australia and abroad which, according to Palace's CEO Benjamin Zeccola, is an Australian first.
"We have a passion for developing new opportunities within the cinema industry which allow us to engage with local communities throughout Australia," Zeccola said. "For some time now, I've felt there was a need for a superb, boutique cinema experience in central Sydney. I'm incredibly passionate about this project, it gives me great satisfaction to offer the best cinema in the world. Palace Central is my gift to the city of Sydney."
There's an in-cinema menu unique to Chippendale with lots of local nosh. You can order dumplings from Din Tai Fung and desserts from Brickfields to your ergonomic leather seat — they've been imported all the way from Barcelona.
While a film at Palace in generally a pretty lovely experience, with its multiple bars and designer fitout, the Central Park complex is set to take things up a notch. Palace is also opening a ten-screen complex in Double Bay, and is set to add a couple of extra screens to its Paddington venue.
Palace Central Sydney is now open on Level 3, Central Park Mall, 28 Broadway, Chippendale. For more information, visit Palace's website.