Port Moresby to finally get Cinemas…again

If you’re now in your early 20’s then most of you will probably have never heard that we once had a cinema and a drive in theatre in Port Moresby.

The complex was opened around the 1960’s and is currently where Ford Motors is now located along that Wards strip. So you had the indoor Wards Cinema and the outdoor drive in Skyline. It was fun, it was exciting and I watched all the classics there like Superman PartIV, Jaws and Bobby Tear Drops. Back then Uncle Bernard had a small white suzuki bus which my cousins and siblings used to all pile into for the trip to the movies on friday nights.  

The drive in was pretty cool, so we’d put a mattress on the floor of the bus and we’d lie there with the huge speakers that you could hook onto your car doors and then we’d munch away on hot chips in paper cups with tomato sauce smothered all over the chips.

Then something weird happened and as I recall it when the government started the first TV station National Televsion Network (NTN) in the 1980’s everyone suddenly felt that we didn’t have to go to the movies anymore because now we could get our video fix free of charge right in our living rooms. Well that was silly???!!

Whether the story is true or not, I’m not sure because I don’t have any market research at hand but more than 20 years later, it appears that we may be getting our cinema’s again. HIP HIP HOOORAYYEEEE!!!!!!!!!

The new cinema will be a joint collaboration of CPL Group, PNG FM Limited and Damodar Group from Fiji. There will be 2 standard theatres with seating capacity of 210 for Theatre 1 and 180 seats for Theatre 2. But the third theatre will be for Gold Class members, with a seating capacity of 100 people.

Speaking at the media launch held recently, CPL Group Chairman Mr. Mahesh Patel said, “We will install the most advanced digital equipment at the Paradise Cinema. We have started testing the equipment and are busy training the staff. With its digital aspect from Dolby Digital Sound, one can view a film in crystal clear, near to perfect quality and with the best sound system.”


COMMUNICATIONS Fiji Limited announced yesterday that Papua New Guinea-based subsidiary PNG FM Limited will partner with Damodar Brothers (Films) Fiji Ltd to set up PNG’s first cinema multiplex.

Operating out of Vision City Mega Mall, the biggest shopping complex in the South Pacific, the three cinema complex will set the benchmark for entertainment in the country.

CFL has also taken up a 33.3 per cent stake in Paradise Cinemas the entertainment management firm that will own and operate the multiplex.

“Word of the multiplex has spread and excitement is high in Port Moresby as this is the first complex of its kind and there are not a lot of other family-based entertainment options in Port Moresby.”

“We have been looking for opportunities to develop a multiplex in Papua New Guinea for some time with our partners and the new Vision City complex provides us with the perfect venue.”

“As this is the first of its kind in PNG, forecasting returns is difficult but early feasibility work is very positive. CFM will also be looking to expand its newly-established Cinema Advertising arm CFL CinemADs to PNG in support of this venture”, said CFL managing director William Parkinson.

Work on the project has begun and first screenings at the cinemas are scheduled for mid this year.

Details on the investment and projected returns will be provided closer to the opening.

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