Clo­sure is sad news but most aren’t sur­prised

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BIRCH Car­roll and Coyle will close its Ip­swich City Square cin­ema, blam­ing a tough re­tail en­vi­ron­ment and loom­ing mall re­de­vel­op­ment for the shock clo­sure.

The QT can re­veal the Ip­swich City Square cin­ema will close mid next year, with staff in­formed of the news on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

A spokesman for Birch Car­roll and Coyle con­firmed the com­pany had made the “in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion” to per­ma­nently close the cin­e­mas.

The na­tional en­ter­tain­ment com­pany will not re­new its lease with Ip­swich City Prop­er­ties for the Bris­bane St site.

“We have been part of the com­mu­nity for over 50 years, and this de­ci­sion was not made lightly,” the spokesman said.

“Due to the de­clin­ing re­tail en­vi­ron­ment in the CBD, cou­pled with the im­pend­ing mall re­fur­bish­ment and the huge dis­rup­tion this will cause dur­ing the two-year con­struc­tion phase, we have cho­sen not to con­tinue our lease.”

A fi­nal clo­sure date is yet to be con­firmed. – Hay­den John­son While the an­nounce­ment was a shock for some read­ers, many on so­cial me­dia were not sur­prised by the news.

Here’s what you said on Face­book.

Ash­ley Clarke – “It doesn’t sur­prise me. Once upon a time you could have a night out in­clud­ing the cin­ema. “Now you have to pick your way through con­struc­tion/de­mo­li­tion de­bris to get to it, pass­ing all the va­cant shops that have gone broke along the way.

“It was a fore­gone con­clu­sion it was go­ing to close. I’m just sur­prised it lasted as long as it did. The CBD died long ago when coun­cil al­lowed River­link to open with­out the bridge.

“The heart of the CBD has been dy­ing the death of a thou­sand cuts ever since. The pre­vi­ous coun­cil spent all their time and money on Spring­field any­way, leav­ing the Ip­swich CBD to die and fes­ter in the sun. Now the dead body is re­ally start­ing to sink.”

Nigel Hale – “I could see it com­ing a long time ago, al­ways half empty, never clean, dearer than all the oth­ers, and didn’t keep up with the times. I’m sur­prised they lasted this long to be hon­est.”

Chris­tiana Cezanne – “I’m not sur­prised by this. I thought a lot of busi­nesses closed in the mall due to rent be­ing too high.

“They should’ve kept the mall and not built River­link. I can still re­call it be­fore it was even a mall.”

Bec Draper – “Shock clo­sure? Haven't we all been won­der­ing how on Earth it is still sur­viv­ing as Ip­swich city dies around it and ev­ery­one goes to Lime­light?” Von­nie San­son – “This is so sad for those of us still strug­gling to keep trad­ing in the CBD.”

David John­son – “Very sad. Any other com­mu­nity with that pop­u­la­tion would have a large West­field/Myer cen­tre and cin­ema com­plex. What is wrong with Ip­swich?”

Photo: Cordell Richard­son

STARS DIM: BCC Cin­ema in Ip­swich is set to close.

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