BYRON Bay's Dendy cinema closes tonight and it's going out in style.
The cinema, which employs 19 people, is winding up its decade in the Bay by offering $5 tickets and $2.50 choc-top ice-creams through until the last film, In Bruges, screens at 9pm tomorrow night.
Dendy team gave their farewell in a statement in the cinema's final newsletter: "Dendy Byron Bay first opened its front doors in 2002 and has showcased a selection of mainstream and art-house cinema for people in the Northern Rivers. The Dendy team would like to thank you for your valued support over the years and hope you have enjoyed visiting Dendy Cinemas."
Dendy announced in August it would close its Byron Bay operation on October 24 after failing to reach a rent agreement with the building's owner, Gold Coast-based Robert Badalotti from Azzura Developments.
At the time, Dendy national operations manager Nick Hayes said high rents had made the cinema financially unviable for about five of its 10 years, despite enjoying strong box office receipts.
Palace Cinemas has announced it will take over the site next month, offering a similar mix to the blend of box-office hits and art-house films currently screened at the cinema.
Palace has said it intends to upgrade the cinemas next year, giving the projectors, snack bar, foyer, and toilets a makeover. It will also replace Dendy's loyalty program, Club Dendy, with its own program - The Palace Movie Club, offering discounted tickets, free tickets on birthdays and an offer to let anyone unsatisfied with a film see another one free immediately.
Films showing tonight and tomorrow include: Taken 2, Mental, Hotel Transylvania, Moonrise Kingdom, Slumdog Millionaire, In Bruges, Death at a Funeral, and La Vie En Rose.