I was very disappointed this morning to hear of the demise of the Palace Academy Twin Cinema in Paddington. Apparently rental negotiations between Palace Cinemas and the landlord, the Greek Orthodox Community of Sydney have come to a stalemate and the cinema will close for good on June 27.
Quotes from both sides on Dark Habits.
Since i was a child i’ve seen countless films at the cinema and it holds many good memories. I have numerous friends who’ve worked there and i felt part of their staff community back when i worked at the Village Twin cinema in Double Bay through high school and university. Even though we were competitors we had a gentleman’s agreement that Palace staff could come to Village Twin Double Bay for free films, and we could go to Palace Cinemas. I saw so many films in that time.
I shared my thoughts on the Village Twin closing down back in 2004, and i can imagine the staff past and present of the Academy Twin are feeling similarly.
Most recently i was at the Academy Twin for the premiere of Animal Kingdom. It was such a perfect venue for it. The theatre, while a bit tumbledown, has a feeling of history and charm, and is far friendlier than the soulless multiplexes of Hoyts and Event Cinemas.
It’s a great shame.