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Posted By: ABL on Mon, 28 January 2013

CENTRAL Cinema has raised enough money to go digital in Alexandra’s new multipurpose theatre, where movies will start being screened within the next two months.   Central Cinema chairwoman Karin Bowen said the group had raised the final amount of money required by the end of last year, having decided to go digital about a year ago. 

The digital equipment would cost about $125,000 and allow Central Cinema to screen 3æD movies and the latest releases, Mrs Bowen said.   Another $35,000 has also been raised by Central Cinema for other specialist cinema equipment for the new theatre, which is being built in an area of the Pioneer Park pavilion, adjoining the Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery complex, in Alexandra.

Most of Central Cinema’s money has been raised by screening films in a makeshift theatre in a room at the back of Central Stories over the past few years. Other money for the $650,000 theatre project has been raised by the Central Cultural Centre Trust, which owns the Central Stories building, and from grants, including some from the   Central Lakes Trust and the Otago Community Trust.   The development was ‘‘very excitæ ing’’, and the group of Central Cinema members who had been working to raise the money for the cinema project were thrilled the project was almost completed, she said.

The cinema will be one of the main uses for the multipurpose theatre. The development will provide a tiered, 40æseat theatre, which will also be used for performances, lectures, workshops and classroom use. The theatre will also be available for private hire.   As well as the theatre, the developæ ment included an extra art gallery, ancillary rooms and toilets, all of which could be accessed through the Central Stories complex.

Having toilets inside the complex, rather than only the outside ones there now, wasa major benefit of the project, Mrs Bowen said. Work on the theatre started in November and would be finished in midæFebruary, she said. There would be a ‘‘grand opening’’ of the theatre in late February, and an official opening of the cinema in midæMarch, although movies would start being screened there before then, she said.

Central Cinema

Posted By: ABL on Thu, 24 January 2013

24th January 2013 - The News Allied Press Ltd 

CENTRAL Cinema has raised enough money to go digital in Alexandra’s new multipurpose theatre, where movies will start being screened within the next two months.   Central Cinema chairwoman Karin Bowen said the group had raised the final amount of money required by the end of last year, having decided to go digital about a year ago.

The digital equipment would cost about $125,000 and allow Central Cinema to screen 3æD movies and the latest releases, Mrs Bowen said.   Another $35,000 has also been raised by Central Cinema for other specialist cinema equipment for the new theatre, which is being built in an area of the Pioneer Park pavilion, adjoining the Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery complex, in Alexandra.

Most of Central Cinema’s money has been raised by screening films in a makeshift theatre in a room at the back of Central Stories over the past few years. Other money for the $650,000 theatre project has been raised by the Central Cultural Centre Trust, which owns the Central Stories building, and from grants, including some from the   Central Lakes Trust and the Otago Community Trust. 

The development was ‘‘very excitæ ing’’, and the group of Central Cinema members who had been working to raise the money for the cinema project were thrilled the project was almost completed, she said.   The cinema will be one of the main uses for the multipurpose theatre. The development will provide a tiered, 40æseat theatre, which will also be used for performances, lectures, workshops and classroom use. The theatre will also be available for private hire.   As well as the theatre, the developæ ment included an extra art gallery, ancillary rooms and toilets, all of which could be accessed through the Central Stories complex. Having toilets inside the complex, rather than only the outside ones there now, was a major benefit of the project, Mrs Bowen said.

Work on the theatre started in November and would be finished in midæFebruary, she said. There would be a ‘‘grand opening’’ of the theatre in late February, and an official opening of the cinema in midæMarch, although movies would start being screened there before then, she said.

Wanaka Puzzling World

Posted By: ABL on Tue, 15 January 2013

Puzzling World’s latest $2.5 million puzzle in place

15th January 2013

A Wanaka tourism business that has wowed close to three million customers since first opening its doors nearly 40 years ago is celebrating the latest addition to its world unique attraction.

Puzzling World’s vision for more amazement and magic in line with its philosophy of ‘puzzling eccentricity’ has materialised in the $2.5million SculptIllusion Gallery, complete with moving, living walls, floating objects and 3D illusions.

Heidi Landsborough and Duncan Spear – daughter and son-in-law respectively of Puzzling World pioneers Stuart and Jan Landsborough -- put pen to paper three years ago to draft the latest optical illusion.

Ms Landsborough, Puzzling World’s General Manager, and Mr Spear, who is Operations Manager, said they were "delighted" with how architect Barry Condon of Sarah Scott Architects and Amalgamated Builders of Queenstown (ABL) had translated their vision.

"This was a very different build, cast in concrete with many components which we changed throughout the process to improve the design or accommodate challenges," said Mr Spear.

They wanted to bring more light into the building and worked with Mr Condon to design a system of windows to direct sunlight into an area that was previously dark and sunless.

The size of the build also required extensive upgrading to the facility’s amenities including new stormwater and sewerage upgrades and an increase of parking spaces.

Mr Spear said the success of both the SculptIllusion room and the behind the scenes amenities was down to good relationships and good workmanship.

"For us as a family business we really value the relationship we’ve made with ABL. We really felt that they had our best interests at heart, always suggesting and researching different materials and products to improve the build or the budget," he said.

"From the first tender straight through to completion they’ve been fantastic."

Amalgamated Builders quantity surveyor for the project, Brett Squire, said challenges were always expected in any construction but said it ranked as one of his favourite projects in his eight years at ABL.

"It was a geometrically complex building and much of the build occurred in the winter in the shadow of a mountain," he said.

"This meant that aside from a very cold construction site, the ground froze which affected the logic of the build and the way we continued.

"Now it’s great to think when you look at the SculptIllusion gallery that we had a hand to play in the creation of it. It’s a real showpiece and we’re immensely proud of the result."

He said any issues were overcome by keeping an open and collaborative approach between Mr Condon and Puzzling World, something  echoed by Mr Condon.

"A spirit of co-operation prevailed throughout this challenging project," he said. "We had much positive contribution from the contractors regarding illusion items outside of the scope of their contract and often with a good sense of humour."

Ms Landsborough said the great working relationship on site had really made the process easier, especially on a project so close to her heart.

"This addition is the final piece to the family’s legacy of providing amusement and puzzlement to Wanaka and the thousands of tourists that visit each year," she said.

"Although we attract tourists from around the world we remain a set up that’s built on solid and positive relationships, and we really experienced that with ABL and Barry," she said.

Officially the SculptIllusion Gallery opens in March to coincide with the business’ 40 year anniversary, but Ms Landsborough said it was already open to the public for the school holidays.

"It’s the perfect opportunity for us to look at the public’s reaction and see if we need to make any small adjustments before March," she said.

The 530sq m illusionary sculpture room is the fifth and largest Illusion Room and was built over eight-and-a-half months by ABL for approximately $2.5 million. The attraction includes a turned-on tap that seems to float in the air, benches that seem to have no stands, a cascading ceiling, columns that become people, a vertical garden and a unique collection of sculptures from local and national artists.

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