Event Cinemas Hornsby
236 Pacific Highway,
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Event Cinemas (Official)
Operated by: Event Cinemas
Previously operated by: Greater Union Theatres
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Greater Union
Westfield Hornsby is a large shopping centre in the suburb of Hornsby, Sydney, New South Wales.
The original shopping centre opened in 1961. It received its first upgrade in 1968, followed by further upgrades in 1976 and 1979. The latest upgrade started in 1999 with the closure and subsequent demolition of the existing Westfield centre and closure of part of the existing Northgate centre. In January 2000, Westfield temporarily shut the centre to pave the way for a two-year A$360 million redevelopment project which doubled retail space and brought more major retailers on board, including restaurants and cinemas.
The four-stage re-development saw Westfield take over and incorporate the adjacent Northgate shopping centre into the new centre.
Stage 1, the redevelopment of the Northgate site, opened in October 2000. The Northgate name was dropped and this site became known as part of Westfield Hornsby. The initial stage included construction of 50 specialty shops and a Coles supermarket.
Stage 2 opened in May 2001. This was the old Westfield Hornsby side, and was physically separate from the Stage 1 development until August, when the Level 1 underground walkway opened. Stage 2 included a Woolworths supermarket, more than 40 specialty shops, and two levels of parking.
Stage 3 was completed in September 2001, with the opening of David Jones, Target, Gowings (later both replaced by JB Hi-fi on the upper level, Thomas Dux on the middle level and Dan Murphys on the lower level), a Food Court, and 100 specialty stores.
The Grand Opening of the new centre was held on 26th September 2001.
Stage 4 opened on 29th November 2001 and included a nine-screen Greater Union cinema complex and alfresco restaurant precinct which opened on November 25, 2001.
When I visited, in March 2010, the cinema was still branded Greater Union. Since then, it has been rebranded as an Event Cinema.
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