Historic Capri Cinema gets a 75th-birthday mural

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The Capri Cinema in Adelaide has had a mural on the long street side of the building for many years. It has, in black-and-white, posters of many Australian films that have played in the cinema over the years, but it is now a little out-of-date. As part of its 75th-birthday celebrations, the heritage-listed cinema is getting a new mural, which will be painted by street artists Jake Holmes and Vans The Omega. "The old mural, with the movie posters, took a very literal representation of Australian cinema," said theatre manager Rob Jordan, adding that the new one "will be a little more abstract." Among the films to be included are Mad Max, Crocodile Dundee and The Man from Snowy River

Also in Adelaide, Hoyts is adding three screens to its cinema at Westfield's Tea Tree Plaza complex. It will include a premium dine-in experience with reclining seats plus improved sound and vision. This is part of a redevelopment of the Tea Tree Plaza shopping center.

The 30-year-old shopping center Bayfair in Tauranga, New Zealand is embarking on a major growth phase. Sixteen neighborhood houses have been demolished for the NZ$300 million upgrade, which includes a brand new seven-screen, 3,300-sq-m. cinema complex plus a dining precinct. The extensions will open in four stages between late 2018 and late 2019. No operator has been named for the cinema complex.

The world's 50th, and Australia's first, CJ 4DX cinema has just opened in the Village Cinema's Century City location in Melbourne's southeast suburbs. The opening coincided with the release of Thor: Ragnarok, which was shot in Australia. There are plans for additional 4DX cinemas in Australia, but no sites have been named as yet. Ticket prices are A$30 (about US$23).

Eddie Izzard will star as a British actor, Luke, who has had a relationship with a female restaurateur in South Australia's beautiful wine country in The Call Back. The restaurant owner (Australian Emily Taheny) is experiencing financial problems with her business, but has settled down with a new man. Then back into her life comes old boyfriend Luke, bringing with him a new French girlfriend (Vanessa Guide), causing problems for her and laughs for the audience. Fox International Prods., Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation are backing the film, which is now shooting under the direction of Marion Pilowsky. 20th Century Fox Film Australia will distribute the film Down Under.

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