News

New cinema about to open

Palace Cinemas takes over the old Dendy Byron Bay cinema from Wednesday.
Palace Cinemas takes over the old Dendy Byron Bay cinema from Wednesday. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

BREAK out the popcorn, the choc tops and, now, even a glass of vino.

The Northern Rivers will have a new cinema, using state-of-the-art technology, from Wednesday at midnight.

That's when the Palace Cinema, that will replace the popular Dendy in Byron Bay, will have its first screening.

The film of choice - the final Twilight film Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Then, on Thursday, it's back to business for many of the former staff who have been reemployed by the new, Melbourne-based owners, and patrons who loved to catch a movie at this venue.

The final credits rolled for Byron Bay's Dendy at the end of October after financial troubles for the operation.

But the news that another boutique operator, Palace Cinemas, would take over, lifted local spirits.

Palace executive director Benjamin Zeccola said they would re-launch as a fully digital cinema with the very latest in digital projection and sound "introducing locals to a stunning state-of-the-art experience."

Rose Fox, who is now doing the marketing for Palace, said patrons would also be thrilled with a diverse range of programming.

These will include French film The Intouchables, based on a true story about an aristocrat who becomes a quadriplegic after a paragliding accident, and hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker; Argo starring and directed by Ben Affleck, based on former CIA operative Tony Mendez's account of the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis; and Woody Allen's new film To Rome With Love starring Penelope Cruz and Alec Baldwin, continuing Woody's love affair with Europe after last year's fabulous Midnight in Paris.

"Many patrons, including it has to be said myself, are also going to be delighted that they'll be able to enjoy a pre-film glass of wine or a premium beer from the Palace licensed bar," Ms Fox said.

Topics:  palace cinemas


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Programmers' joke is on us

Dr Airdre Grant

Computers - it's a love/hate relationship.

How to manage sustainability

Deborah Benhayon - Open For Business.

What business has to do to maintain sustainable development.

From purr to a roar, Meow Meow is not kitten

ANYTHING IS PAWSIBLE: Acclaimed cabaret star Meow Meow returns to Lismore.

Anything can happen during her local shows this week

Local Partners

PM boasts of our ruthless borders

Borders made easier by a land girt by sea.

Why we're the top spot for mobile tourists

Caravanners and campers spend an average $152 a night in our region.

Our region is the top spot for caravanners and campers in the state.

Programmers' joke is on us

Dr Airdre Grant

Computers - it's a love/hate relationship.

How to manage sustainability

Deborah Benhayon - Open For Business.

What business has to do to maintain sustainable development.

From purr to a roar, Meow Meow is not kitten

ANYTHING IS PAWSIBLE: Acclaimed cabaret star Meow Meow returns to Lismore.

Anything can happen during her local shows this week

Not just any party, it's the Arty Party!

FOR ALL: The event will feature performers, local artists, storytellers, musicians and dancers.

A family-friendly, child-focused arts festival

More Northern River schools needed to be counted in

John Foreman and Jay Laga'aia at a songwriting workshop earlier this year.

Music - Count Us In will be held in November

All she wants is to be chosen

TAKE ME HOME: Daisy from pet shop to pound to your place.

Daisy has gone from puppy farm pet shop dog to the pound.

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E7: Manifest review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E6: Suckas Need Bodyguards review

Rosario Dawson and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E5: Just To Get A Rep review

Mahershala Ali, centre, in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E4: Step In The Arena review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction

Peppers Airlie Beach put on the market

ON THE MARKET: Peppers Airlie Beach is being for recievership sale by CBRE Hotels and PRD Nationwide Airlie Beach.

Peppers Airlie Beach is being offered for sale.