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Soon, enjoy big screen movies on rooftops sipping your favourite drink!

Sydney , Mon, 20 Jun 2011 ANI

Sydney, June 20 (ANI): Imagine sitting on a rooftop and enjoying movies sipping your favourite drink. Well, Sydney is all set to get its first commercial rooftop cinema and bar.


The rooftop cinema and bar, which will operate nightly until late in Surry Hills, can become a reality if council approves plans put forward by a Melbourne company.


With a capacity of 250 patrons, the proposal is for a 175-seat outdoor cinema operating through the warmer months, an outdoor bar serving alcohol and food and an indoor theatre on the roof of the Paramount building on Brisbane Street.


Patrons would listen to films through headphones, to comply with noise restrictions. The cinema would operate until midnight for a 12-month trial period; and the bar would be open from midday. Alcohol would be banned outside after 10pm.


The applicant, Barrie Barton, who founded Melbourne's rooftop cinema on Swanston Street, said the cinema, if approved, would screen arthouse films, and a mix of current and older releases.


"We've been working towards this for four years and we just love that building so much," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Barton as saying.


"It's so depressing watching film shown in fast-food environments, which is what most big cinemas feel like," he added.


If approved, Barton said the cinema could begin operating next year. (ANI)


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