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Elsternwick Classic Cinemas


During the project build, Rodine was tasked with ensuring uninterrupted screenings at the much loved 125 year old Classic Cinema complex. Features of the build included four new cinemas, a new Jazz Bar and a refurbished Candy Bar.


Major structural works were required, since the updated structure was to be built using new and old foundations. For example, a new slab was built to sit above the existing roof line and became the floor of the four new cinemas.

Drawing heavily on Rodine’s ‘live’ build expertise, OHS management for the protection of patrons and workers was a constant focus of the team and the project was delivered with no lost-time or injuries.


As with all projects involving older buildings, the flexibility and adaptability of the project team was key to its success. At one stage of the build (in the middle of a typical Melbourne winter) there was no roof over the existing complex, necessitating complicated management of the site’s OHS and rain protection, whilst Classic Cinema staff provided blankets and hot drinks to its patrons to enhance the unique ‘indoor/outdoor’ movie experience.