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Curtain rises on Deckchair Cinema upgrade

The curtain will rise on the newly upgraded Deckchair Cinema tonight with hundreds of Darwin Film Society members expected to turn out for a sneak peek prior to its official opening night on Wednesday.

The iconic outdoor cinema has been rejuvenated following a $200,000 renovation including more than $95,000 from the Territory Government’s Community Benefit Fund to construct a new outdoor dining deck.

Minister for Business Peter Styles said the Deckchair Cinema also invested just over $100,000 to extend the kiosk and undercover area.

“The Deckchair Cinema is one of the iconic experiences the Territory has to offer,” Mr Styles said.

“They have worked very hard over the wet season to lovingly update the beloved Deckchair Cinema in time for opening night this week and I’m sure Territorians and tourists will offer rave reviews.

“Previously diners were seated in the grass, on old, out-dated furniture. The Northern Territory Government is proud to have been able to assist in the upgrade through the Community Benefit Fund and we are confident the benefits will be appreciated."

Deckchair Cinema General Manager Alice Body said the furnished deck itself will not only offer an improved dining experience for Cinema patrons, but it will also allow local caterers to showcase their food on a grander stage.

“Darwin Film Society is incredibly happy with the new Dining Deck and we think it is a fantastic addition to the Deckchair Cinema,” Ms Body said. 

“Local company Saunders Builders did a brilliant job especially considering the tight timeframe and the hot and steamy wet season weather - but that’s the benefit of working with local builders who know what the wet season is like up here and can work efficiently around that.

“It will improve the experience of our 900-odd members and Deckchair Cinema patrons, but we think it will also encourage more people to buy dinner from our nightly caterers.

“We make an effort to support local food businesses at the Deckie, with an emphasis on buying snacks from local snack-food makers and enlisting local caterers to sell dinner to hungry film-goers.

“We’re anticipating that this new Dining Deck will really benefit our lovely local caterers, which is fantastic as it bolsters our own efforts to be a community-oriented organisation.” 

Local caterer Denise Baillie from Dee Bee Catering is excited to serve up some delights on the deck.

“The new Dining Deck looks fabulous. I imagine it will be a popular place to enjoy a bite to eat before a film down at the beautiful Deckchair Cinema,” she said.

“We can’t wait to dish up our fresh, healthy, homestyle dinners for people to enjoy on the deck while the sun sets over Darwin Harbour.”

For more information or to apply for CBF grants visit www.nt.gov.au/cbf.

Media Contact: Rebecca Barr: 0407 284 066