Neptune refitted to create The Media Lounge

  • Upgraded seating: The new cinema seats 60 patrons comfortably (Photograph supplied)

    Upgraded seating: The new cinema seats 60 patrons comfortably (Photograph supplied)

  • Revamped lobby: The new space has been entirely renovated (Photograph supplied)

    Revamped lobby: The new space has been entirely renovated (Photograph supplied)


Film enthusiasts have another venue to enjoy with the opening of The Media Lounge cinema and wi-fi café at Royal Naval Dockyard.

Situated in the building that housed the Neptune Cinema before it closed in November, the venue has had a re-fit.

The cinema has a new screen and sound system, while the lobby has been updated with laminate floors and new lighting, tables, chairs and paint. Patrons are able to access the venue’s wi-fi in the lobby and in a new lounge area.

While the Neptune featured 118 seats on a flat surface, the new cinema accommodates 60 patrons in larger, more comfortable seats. Sightlines are better due to a five-foot elevation difference from front to back.

The cinema is now featuring John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum and will screen the Elton John biopic Rocketman starting on May 31. Tickets, $14, can be purchased online at www.medialoungebda.com.

The venue has proved popular with cruise ship staff and passengers, while residents of the West End have also been strong supporters, a spokesperson for the business said. “Everyone from the West End has been saying ‘thank you, we needed something up here’.

“We tried to open quietly, but word-of-mouth spread the news and people from the West End have been stopping by.”

The theatre, which is available for private bookings, is open seven nights a week.

A liquor licence is planned for the venue, the spokesperson said.

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Published May 21, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated May 20, 2019 at 5:50 pm)

Neptune refitted to create The Media Lounge

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