Smith­field Vmax read­ies

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Hay­den Smith

DOU­GLAS reis­dents will soon be able to en­joy one of the big­gest movie screens in the state with a long-awaited cin­ema com­plex tak­ing shape at Smith­field in Cairns.

While an open­ing date has yet to be set, Event Cin­e­mas Smith­field is on track to be­gin ses­sion screen­ings next month.

A cutting-edge Vmax the­atre, fea­tur­ing a 21.3-me­tre screen and more than 50 speak­ers, is the cen­tre­piece of the new six-cin­ema fa­cil­ity.

The project is ex­pected to be fin­ished within a sim­i­lar time frame to Smith­field Shop­ping Cen­tre’s ca­sual din­ing precinct, herald­ing the start of a new era for the North­ern Beaches hub.

Event Cin­e­mas Smith­field gen­eral man­ager Lee Stad­don said the new cen­tre had al­ready cre­ated al­most 50 jobs.

“This cin­ema had been talked about for many years … it’s a very ex­cit­ing thing to be part of,” he said.

Block­busters such as Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle and Ju­manji: Wel­come to the Jungle will be among the films shown in the 374-seat Vmax cin­ema over com­ing months.

Event Cin­e­mas man­age­ment have said the Smith­field Vmax, fea­tur­ing Dolby At­mos tech­nol­ogy, would be the state’s largest movie screen north of Bris­bane.

Event in­tends to hold a spe­cial “red car­pet” cel­e­bra­tion to launch the new com­plex, which will also fea­ture a fully li­censed bar. With op­er­a­tions at Ear­lville, Cairns City and Cairns Cen­tral, Event is set to open its fourth Far North site.

Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY

Lee Stad­don (gen­eral man­ager Event Cin­e­mas Smith­field) and tech­ni­cian Ja­son Caru­ana at the Vmax

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