Cin­ema set to bring joy to film fans


Film buffs are re­joic­ing af­ter the an­nounce­ment Fo­cal Point Cin­ema will open in Palmer­ston North, fill­ing a bou­tique cin­ema need.

Fo­cal Point own­ers Matt and Julie Bell said they saw a gap in the mar­ket af­ter Cin­ema Gold closed in Au­gust, so jumped at the chance to fill it.

How­ever, they are keep­ing mum on the se­lected lo­ca­tion, which Matt Bell said was due to con­tracts and com­mer­cial sen­si­tiv­ity.

Bell said there was still a lot of or­gan­is­ing and ‘‘phys­i­cal build­ing work’’ to do, but he hoped the lo­ca­tion would be re­vealed in about a week’s time.

This will be the fourth Fo­cal Point cin­ema for Bell and his wife Julie, expanding on their Feild­ing, Levin and Hast­ings lo­ca­tions.

Fo­cal Point will be in com­pe­ti­tion with Down­town Cin­e­mas in Palmer­ston North.

Bell said he was happy with the ‘‘good lo­ca­tion’’ of the cin­ema in the city’s cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict.

It was too early to tell cin­ema­go­ers when they could first catch a glimpse of the big screens, but he ap­pre­ci­ated the en­thu­si­asm shown.

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