Final curtain falls for Downtown Cinema Gold

A post on Cinema Gold's official noticeboard confirmed the cinema was closing on Wednesday.
Paul Mitchell

A post on Cinema Gold's official noticeboard confirmed the cinema was closing on Wednesday.

The projectors may have shut down at Palmerston North's Cinema Gold but the cinema's new management is still yet to comment about its future.

The Downtown Cinemas complex, which includes Cinema Gold's two theatres, was bought by Australian company Event Hospitality and Entertainment in June.

Sources have confirmed that the boutique theatre's final day at its current site was Wednesday, but there has been no official confirmation of this from Downtown or Event management.

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Palmerston North Film Society president Rik Howes outside Cinema Gold ...
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08082016 News photo: WARWICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ Palmerston North Film Society president Rik Howes outside Cinema Gold which due to close

Downtown Cinemas manager Paul Wood said he was unable to comment at this time.

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An Event Cinemas spokesperson said only Event Cinemas general manager Carmen Switzer was authorised to comment on the matter, but she was on leave until later this month.

A poster on the Cinema Gold noticeboard, on the first floor of the Downtown Shopping Centre, confirmed the cinema was closing on Wednesday. The poster stated that staff were moving upstairs and invited Cinema Gold patrons to "come and see us and a film up the escalator."

The Cinema Gold website and Facebook pages remain online, but there were no further listings after Wednesday. There were, however, two Metropolitan Opera showings listed as 'coming soon'.

Palmerson North Film Society president Rik Howes has previously said he understood the new owners were closing the Cinema Gold site but were possibly moving it upstairs into the main multiplex.

Cinema Gold opened in 2003, and shows mostly art house and festival films. The Downtown Cinemas complex still has eight cinemas, including a Rialto theatre that shows similar content to Cinema Gold. 

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