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High-class Hoyts

Oz exhib bows posh multiplex and arthouse

SYDNEY — Leading Oz exhib Hoyts Cinemas is set to unveil two theater complexes this month: a lavish 12-screen multiplex and a unique four-screen arthouse located in Fox Studio Australia’s new “Bent Street” retail precinct.

Both facilities boast state-of-the-art exhibition technology and amenities.

The main complex, opening Nov. 10 with the Oz preem of “Mickey Blue Eyes,” is notable for the first-class stylings of its “La Premiere” ticketing, under which patrons can make a red-carpet entrance up to a dedicated box office, take a private elevator and enjoy a lounge area. There, they’ll collect complimentary popcorn and drinks before taking an escorted tour to a VIP viewing area featuring “sofas-for-two” cinema seating, complete with wine-bottle holder and attached table for cocktails and cheese.

Introductory price is $15, with tickets set to rise to just $20 in keeping with Hoyts’ ambitions to keep La Premiere within the reach of the most moviegoers. Wine, cheese, cocktails and valet parking cost extra.

Arthouse bows

Bowing Nov. 17, the Cinema Paris arthouse around the corner will feature a permanent exhibition of Oz film memorabilia plus regular screenings of classic Oz features, shorts, trailers and other vintage screen gems.

The arthouse complex also features an auditorium with an orchestra pit to house musicians who will accompany some silent film screenings, and a projection system designed to screen classics in their original screen ratios.

A Hoyts/ScreenSound Cinema Paris joint venture plans to restore and exhibit prints of such Oz classics as “For the Term of His Natural Life,” “Caddie” and “Picnic at Hanging Rock.”

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