BY MADALYN PLUMMER
Though we still have a long way to go, Event Cinemas in Innaloo is doing its bit by planning to build a café and bar in the main foyer of the complex.
The “Set Café and Bar” has recently been approved by the Racing, Gaming and Liquor Act for meals, snacks and a small range of alcohol being served.
This means you will be able to enjoy similar perks to Event Cinemas’ “Gold Class” or Hoyts Cinemas’ “La Premiere”, yet you will not be burdened by the huge ticket price increase. (Although the seats are nowhere near as comfy!)
After conducting a petition of the public’s opinion on opening the “Set Café and Bar”, it was clear that the public did not have any major issues with the plans.
Joshua Hiscock, an employee of event cinemas, spent time searching for signatures to support the idea.
“Everyone seemed to really support the idea, as some said they spent time before their film across the road at The Botanica anyway,” he said.
“This way they were saved walking across the road.”
Surrounding restaurants in the same building such as “Sizzler”, “Hans” and “Betty’s” serve alcohol on their premises. Yet the idea to set up a bar in the middle of the complex was not welcomed by all.
General Manager of Event Cinemas Innaloo Mark Snowden said the application was sent to a number of different areas such as the local council, police and The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.
“The local council and police were against the idea,” he said.
“But the application came back approved from The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor so that’s all we needed.”
“There will be conditions patrons will need to abide by.”
These conditions of entry are:
- All patrons must be ticket holders.
- No alcohol to leave the licensed premise.
- Maximum of three to four drinks over the period you visit.
“Obviously sneaking alcohol out of the café/bar and into the cinemas is going to be a big issue, so we will need to take extra precautions to make sure this does not happen,” Mr Snowden said.
“We are hoping building to commence in the next three months and open in the following six months.”