Further consultation on Rooftop Cinema

Council has deferred a decision on a proposal for a rooftop cinema in Surry Hills.

Rooftop Cinema Pty Ltd lodged a development application in December last year to establish the cinema, with seating for 250 people, on top of the heritage listed Paramount Building in Surry Hills.

While a rooftop cinema fits our vision for a diverse and interesting late night culture, the benefits must be balanced with potential impacts on residents.

A rooftop cinema on the top of Curtin House in Swanston Street, Melbourne has successfully operated for years however this cinema is in the Melbourne CBD, while the proposed Surry Hills Rooftop Cinema is in a mixed use area, with residential apartment buildings and terrace houses nearby.

Council resolved to direct the applicant to work with concerned residents to address their concerns. A report will come back to Council with the outcome of that consultation.

A cooperative and consultative approach between operators of late night venues and nearby residents is crucial.

The City is developing a new Night Time City Policy and is asking venue operators, businesses, residents, retailers and city visitors for their ideas.

To ensure residents are fully involved in developing the policy, we are holding a series of community forums across the City between 23 May and 2 June. The first of these will be held next week at Customs House on 23 May and at the Holiday Inn, Potts Point on 26 May.

To register your interest, email nighttime@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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