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Brisbane’s first permanent outdoor cinema has been proposed for a park in the city’s inner north.
A development application was submitted to Brisbane City Council on Wednesday that proposed a 2.7-metre by 5.4-metre screen as well as a small stage area in McCaskie Park at Kelvin Grove.
“This will be the perfect place for family movie events, short film screenings, or as part of twilight community festivals,” council's field services chairman Peter Matic said.
“The outdoor performance space will also provide opportunities for emerging theatre and musical artists, providing a low-cost venue for public performances.”
Cr Matic said the open-air facility would also be available for organisations and individuals to hire.
But he would not say if there would be an admission cost or how much the installation and operation of the cinema would cost ratepayers.
The cinema was proposed to be in the south of the 1.3-hectare park and the stage area would include a drop-down screen and an audio-visual unit.
A utility room and toilet facilities would also be built.
The assessment report submitted as part of the application said all the mature fig trees in the park would not affected by the development.
The screen would be stored when not in use and not be accessible to the public.
Brisbane has hosted outdoor cinemas including Brisbane’s Moonlight Cinema at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Openair Cinemas at South Bank and The Sunset Cinema at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens but they were all temporary and only operated for a few months.
The outdoor cinema was a 2016 council election commitment as part of an initiative to "enhance Brisbane’s public open spaces and encourage and improve user experience".
McCaskie Park has a playground, picnic area, barbecue and a half-sized tennis court and it is used often by Queensland University of Technology students as it is next to the university’s Kelvin Grove campus.
Construction of the outdoor cinema was expected to start this year.
“Kelvin Grove Village is a close-knit local community, integrated with the QUT campus and other initiatives including our Community Composting Hub have been well received – residents have already indicated that they can’t wait for the cinema to be available,” Cr Matic said.