Choc-top time on the way for cinema goers in Proserpine
A WHITSUNDAY developer announced on Thursday grand plans for the Faust building on the corner of Mill and Main streets which include a cinema, cafe and bowling alley in the heart of Proserpine.
Ron Harris, a former helicopter taxi pilot, revealed plans for a 360-degree cinema, a conventional cinema, a licensed cafe and a nine-pin bowling ally, which will occupy the ground floor retail space next to the Reject Shop and first floor space being used as the Whitsunday Regional Council's disaster management centre.
A five-metre and an eight-metre dome-style cinema and a 46-seat cinema are planned for the ground floor and on the first floor a six-lane European-style bowling ally and a host of family friendly amusements is planned.
The entrainment complex centre is expected to open by Christmas this year.
Mr Harris also has plans to install a large telescope on the roof of the building and project images of the night sky onto the screen of the 360-degree cinema.
On Wednesday, Mr Harris installed a PowerPoint presentation in the window of the vacant premises and already the town is buzzing at the possibility.
"The town seems to have heard a bit about it and want to know if it's real,” he said.
"People are excited and I think they should be.”
Latest release films complete with traditional cinema fare such as choc-top ice creams will be on offer.
Opportunities for school groups will exist, as well as the possibility to screen films in Chinese.
"We will also be able to do simulated weddings at Whitehaven Beach in the dome if the weather is bad and they can't fly out there,” he said. "There is quite a few things on offer there, not just the cinema and not just the planetarium dome theatre and it's not just the bowling.
"It's a whole group of things aimed at families because it will be children and educational friendly.
Next Monday has been slated for the specialist removal of asbestos and ceiling material.
The structure will then
be opened up to allow
work on the old floor upstairs.
The cafe, licensed bar, dome cinema and regular cinema will be operational by Christmas, Mr Harris said.
General manager of Tourism Whitsundays Tash Wheeler was excited at the possibility to further promote the Whitsundays' brand.
"Its massive, its so exciting for Proserpine and the region as a whole,” she said.
"It will offer a land-based experience and more diversity in the region and offering things to do in the wet season and at night.
"Proserpine has huge potential and we can build on that and create a brand for Prossie and how it fits in with the greater Whitsunday brand.”
Whitsunday Regional Council is aware of the proposed development but at this stage a development application has not been submitted for council consideration, a spokeswoman said.
"Council welcomes an application for a proposed cinema complex, as it has the potential to represent a positive step towards the prosperity and liveability of Proserpine and the wider Whitsunday region,” she said.