Melbourne’s Pentridge Prison to become Cinema Complex
Melbourne's “Bluestone Cottage”, HM Prison Pentridge, which slammed shut its cells for the last time in 1997 is set to become a 15-screen cinema complex thanks to Palace Cinemas.
While 'escape' was never a word often associated with Pentridge in years gone by, from December 2020 Palace Cinemas will invite audiences to truly escape, indulge and experience cinema a little differently. The new-concept 15-screen cinema is part of the transformation of the historic former prison-site in the northern Melbourne suburb of Coburg.
Palace says its cinemas will feature “luxurious fully reclining chairs (complete with individual tables and footrests), Dolby Atmos surround sound, state-of-the-art digital projection, and a fully-licensed menu (yes, you can take your drink in!)”.
The one-of-a-kind urban village transformation of the prison site will offer lively bespoke restaurants, bars, cafés and boutique fashion retailers that it says “you won't find anywhere else”. Located in the heart of Coburg, with easy underground parking and direct public transport access, Pentridge Cinemas will likely become a popular destination, at least, once Melburnians are permitted to leave the house ahan
Palace Cinemas might have a hard time getting movie-goers out following the latest Hollywood blockbuster, which is ironic for a former prison that was designed to keep people in!