Raine’s pa­rade brings cin­ema back to city

The Sunday Times - - News -

THE rib­bon will be cut on stage one of the $200 mil­lion Raine Square re­de­vel­op­ment to­mor­row, hail­ing the re­turn of cin­ema to the CBD af­ter five years.

The re­tail, din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment precinct opens its doors at 8am to­mor­row, with Palace Raine Square Cin­e­mas fol­low­ing suit on Tues­day.

Palace Cin­e­mas chief ex­ec­u­tive Ben­jamin Zec­cola said the venue, on the top level, aimed to pro­vide a high-end movie ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The main dif­fer­ence be­tween this and what is al­ready avail­able in Perth is that from the lay­out of the space to the qual­ity of the seat­ing and the se­lec­tion of our wine and craft beer lists, it all comes down to one thing: we be­lieve cus­tomers in Perth are clever, so­phis­ti­cated adults,” Mr Zec­cola said.

Drink­ing is per­mit­ted in­side each of the 13 cin­e­mas — nine tra­di­tional and four smaller bou­tique spa­ces cater­ing for up to 26 peo­ple a time.

Tick­ets to all movies are $10 un­til Sun­day, served with oliveoil pop­corn and $5 pros­ecco.

Ac­ces­si­ble di­rectly from Perth Un­der­ground train sta­tion, the first stage of Raine Square fea­tures 18 din­ing venues in­clud­ing Miche­lin-starred dim sum chain Tim Ho Wan.

Af­ter start­ing life as a food stall at the Fre­man­tle BeerFest two years ago, burger bar Green­horns finds also finds a per­ma­nent home at the cen­tre.

“We will be serv­ing up only the best hand­made dishes, like Baja fish tacos, truf­fle mush­room burgers, and our fa­mous mac and cheese cro­quettes, which pro­mote lo­cal fresh WA pro­duce,” co-owner Scott Simp­son said.

Pic­ture: Daniel Wilkins

Locked in: Green­horns own­ers Ian Fletcher and Scott Simp­son

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