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