Par plans park/studio complex in Oz

Facility to include theme park, four studios, megaplex

SYDNEY — The government of Victoria has approved an ambitious scheme to build an entertainment complex in Melbourne that will include a theme park operated by Paramount Parks, at least four film and TV studios and a 20-screen megaplex.

The project is being developed by the Entertainment City consortium, whose members comprise Paramount’s parent Viacom, Bruce Gordon’s Crawfords Australia (which will manage the studios and move its h.q. to the facility), Melbourne businessmen Richard Pratt and Paul Davies and Macquarie Bank.

“It will revitalize production in Victoria,” said David Rouse, Crawfords chief executive, noting the facility will house a full range of production and post-production services.

The complex, costing A$300 million-A$350 million ($204 million-$238 million), in the rejuvenated Docklands area will rival the Warner Roadshow Movie World Studios and theme park on Queensland’s Gold Coast, and Fox Studios Australia’s new Sydney facility, which will include a studio tour and a 16-screen cinema.

A Paramount spokesman in L.A. told Daily Variety: “We are pleased to be selected as the preferred developer (of this project) and we are hopeful that we can finalize our negotiations with the government in the coming months.”

Davies told Daily Variety he expects construction to begin in September after the consortium meets financial and other conditions laid down by the govern-ment and the Docklands Authority.

He said some of the coin will be raised by a public float. He expects the Docklands Studio Complex, as it’s provisionally known, to be completed and open by the end of 2000.

Davies said the theme park will be similar to those operated by Paramount in the U.S., with a mix of rides and family entertainment, plus a more modest ver-sion of the “Star Trek: The Experience” attraction that recently opened in Las Vegas. He added that the operator of the megaplex cinema is yet to be determined.

More Biz

  • Loveless Movie Wild Bunch

    Once-Powerful Indie Player Wild Bunch Seeks a White Knight

    SYDNEY — The government of Victoria has approved an ambitious scheme to build an entertainment complex in Melbourne that will include a theme park operated by Paramount Parks, at least four film and TV studios and a 20-screen megaplex. The project is being developed by the Entertainment City consortium, whose members comprise Paramount’s parent Viacom, […]

  • (L-R) Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

    How New York Times Reporters Broke Hollywood's Biggest Sexual Harassment Story

    SYDNEY — The government of Victoria has approved an ambitious scheme to build an entertainment complex in Melbourne that will include a theme park operated by Paramount Parks, at least four film and TV studios and a 20-screen megaplex. The project is being developed by the Entertainment City consortium, whose members comprise Paramount’s parent Viacom, […]

  • Roman Polanski

    LAPD Investigating Allegations Against Roman Polanski, Case Cannot Be Prosecuted

    SYDNEY — The government of Victoria has approved an ambitious scheme to build an entertainment complex in Melbourne that will include a theme park operated by Paramount Parks, at least four film and TV studios and a 20-screen megaplex. The project is being developed by the Entertainment City consortium, whose members comprise Paramount’s parent Viacom, […]

  • Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug

    Celebrities Celebrate Doug Jones' Senate Win: 'This Is A Pretty Good Night'

    SYDNEY — The government of Victoria has approved an ambitious scheme to build an entertainment complex in Melbourne that will include a theme park operated by Paramount Parks, at least four film and TV studios and a 20-screen megaplex. The project is being developed by the Entertainment City consortium, whose members comprise Paramount’s parent Viacom, […]

  • Ajit Pai net neutrality

    Hundreds of Musicians -- From R.E.M. to Turnip King -- Sign Statement Defending Net Neutrality

    SYDNEY — The government of Victoria has approved an ambitious scheme to build an entertainment complex in Melbourne that will include a theme park operated by Paramount Parks, at least four film and TV studios and a 20-screen megaplex. The project is being developed by the Entertainment City consortium, whose members comprise Paramount’s parent Viacom, […]

  • Rescue dogs

    Film Publicists Organize New York City Fundraiser for Rescue Dogs

    SYDNEY — The government of Victoria has approved an ambitious scheme to build an entertainment complex in Melbourne that will include a theme park operated by Paramount Parks, at least four film and TV studios and a 20-screen megaplex. The project is being developed by the Entertainment City consortium, whose members comprise Paramount’s parent Viacom, […]

  • pandora

    Pandora Names Aimée Lapic Chief Marketing Officer

    SYDNEY — The government of Victoria has approved an ambitious scheme to build an entertainment complex in Melbourne that will include a theme park operated by Paramount Parks, at least four film and TV studios and a 20-screen megaplex. The project is being developed by the Entertainment City consortium, whose members comprise Paramount’s parent Viacom, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content