Mall cinema planned

JAMES IRELAND
Last updated 07:38 18/01/2013
Mall Cinema

COMEBACK MOVIE: A new plan may see cinemas return to New Lynn.

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The commute for New Lynn residents to go out and see a movie may soon be cut short.

Kiwi Income Property Trust, which owns LynnMall, has submitted a resource consent application to expand the mall which includes plans for a cinema.

General manager of development Mark Luker says none of the plans submitted are confirmed and so far no timeline has been established.

"These are really our master plans. Right now we don't believe the retail market is strong enough for us to do the development," he says.

"What we would have to see is some sort of tenant demand before we could proceed. However our research has shown that a cinema and other entertainment has the potential to be successful today."

The last cinema New Lynn had was a Village 8 that closed its doors in June 2001.

Whau Local Board chairman Derek Battersby says this development would be another jewel in the crown that is New Lynn.

"One of the problems New Lynn has is how it is perceived. New Lynn is a great place to do business and it's constantly growing. When you look at the new medical centre and all the work going on down Great North Rd it shows that we are a town moving up in the world," he says.

"I think it would be amazing to get the cinemas back to New Lynn. People are always asking me when that's going to happen, now the answer looks like it's coming."

The development would not only increase the lettable floor area from 31,755 square metres to about 45,000 square metres but would mean a refurbishment of the current facilities.

The trust bought the mall in December 2010 and has spent the last year designing their master plan.

After five years a resource consent will expire if it has not been acted on, however an extension can be sought.

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