Upgrade plans main feature at cinema

Wanaka's Cinema Paradiso seems set to get a facelift before another busy summer.

A resource consent application has been lodged by the cinema's landowner, Varina Proprietary Ltd, directed by Duffy Crook, to make additions to the existing building, including staff accommodation, a reconfigured entrance, and a veranda.

Building consent for the veranda has already been granted.

A small food servery building, to be located in the cinema's front yard, has also been proposed.

Work has begun on a new outdoor veranda at Cinema Paradiso. It is part of plans to reconfigure the cinema's main building. Photo: Sean Nugent
Work has begun on a new outdoor veranda at Cinema Paradiso. It is part of plans to reconfigure the cinema's main building. Photo: Sean Nugent

Cinema operator Calum MacLeod, Queenstown Lakes district deputy mayor, said the addition of staff accommodation above the main foyer was influenced by the continuous struggle by his employees to find a place to live in Wanaka.

It would be a two-bedroomed unit with kitchen, dining and lounge areas.

The entrance to the cinema would be ''fixed up'', he said, in order for there to be more space in the main foyer for people to buy tickets, food and wait for a film.

The veranda, although small, would provide an outdoor space for movie-goers to dine or wait before they went in and watched a film.

The plan was to have the renovations finished before summer, Mr MacLeod said.

Queenstown Lakes District Council spokesman Campbell Weal said while the building consent for the veranda had been granted, a decision was yet to be issued on the rest of the application.

sean.nugent@odt.co.nz

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