Sydney Opera House at sunset. Photo by Liam Pozz on Unsplash

Coronavirus Australia: operators lobby for government support, warning ‘there will be no more cinemas’

When movie studio Warner Bros last month announced it would be releasing all of its major 2021 movies in the US direct to its streaming service HBO Max on the same day as in theatres, cinema operators around the world shuddered. For an industry already ravaged by the theatre closures and social distancing necessitated by the ongoing pandemic, as well as limited content due to Hollywood’s COVID-delayed release slate, the studio’s spurning of the industry’s traditional theatrical release window was another alarming development. Roy Mustaca, owner of independent cinema chain…

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Batman and Robin figures at the DC Comics Superstore, WB Movie World

Australia: Village Roadshow agrees to takeover talks

Theme parks and cinema operator Village Roadshow has agreed to exclusive negotiations with private equity firm BGH Capital after a caveat-heavy takeover offer of up to $468.5 million. The preliminary agreement announced on Monday morning puts an end to months of takeover speculation and competing bids for the troubled entertainment provider, which has endured a 55 per cent plunge in its share price since February, as the coronavirus pandemic forced it to cease virtually all operations. As a result, the $2.40-per-share acquisition proposal is significantly lower than the initial $4-per-share…

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Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in Brisbane, Australia – exterior CGI

Architects selected for “biggest investment in Qld arts infrastructure”

Architecture firms Snøhetta and Blight Rayner have won an international competition to design an AU$150m (US$103.8m, €90m, £81.4m) theatre for the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in Brisbane, Australia. Set to open in 2022, the pivotal facility, which will turn QPAC into the largest performing arts centre in Australia, will feature two studios, foyer spaces, and an expansive glass façade. “The building will glow by night and sparkle by day with just a glimpse of the glass visible from the city side,” explained Queensland Government Architect Chair, Malcolm Middleton. “It…

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