Blockbuster day to open new cinemas


GLADSTONE Cinemas' Chris Struik says it's too early to know what film will be screened at the new cinema centre's mid-year opening.

However, he is certain whatever it is, it will be a blockbuster day for him.

The seven-cinema complex, the latest in the Celtic Pacific stages at Gladstone Central on the Dawson High-way, is scheduled to open in July.

Mr Struik said he was thrilled a recent survey conducted by The Observer showed the opening of the new cinemas was the third highest on the wish list of most of the people interviewed.

'A production of the calibre of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe would be great, but at this stage I don't know what will be available in the mid-year,' he said.

Yesterday work was progressing on the cinemas and the Dicey Reilly's Pub building next door.

Celtic Pacific spokesman Ken Stockley said it was hoped the pub would open about the same time as the cinemas.

He said an official opening of the cinemas was being organised 'but those plans could be affected by the weather at the time'.

The building of the pub was another project mentioned on a residents' wish list.

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