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Work site: A new movie theatre's planned on this land at Remarkables Park

By PHILIP CHAND:ER

An eight-screen cinema complex is in motion at Queenstown’s Remarkables Park.

It’ll be in a four-level commercial building, designed by Dunedin’s Mason & Wales Architects — bordered by Market Street and Golden Elm Lane — and could be open by Christmas this year.

Currently, there’s no movie theatre in Frankton, so local movie-goers either get their flicks fix in the Queenstown CBD or in Arrowtown.

Remarkables Park director Alastair Porter says he’s got an operator lined up — ‘‘great company, good experience’’ — but won’t release who that is.

Subject to resource consent approval, he’s hoping building excavation can start next month — the tender’s been awarded to Cook Brothers Construction.

‘‘We’ll do our best to get the cinema open for Christmas, but the rest of the building, probably March next year.’’

The ground floor’s slated for hospo/retail outlets and the two floors above for office space.

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