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Werribee May Soon See Boutique Cinema as Part of City Centre Revamp

Movie Theatre in Werribee

Image: Wyndham City


The Werribee City Centre could soon see an exciting addition in the form of a boutique cinema as part of a major redevelopment plan. The Werribee City Centre Structure Plan 2040 aims to deliver the ‘Wyndham 2040 Community Vision’, focusing on revitalizing the area and enhancing its appeal as a destination for residents and visitors alike.


Central to this vision is the transformation of the former Picture Palais Theatre into a modern boutique cinema. The theatre, which originally opened in 1928 and has served various roles, including its current stint as a Cash Converters, was recently acquired by the council for $4.4 million. This move has sparked interest and discussion among the local community, with many supporting the return of the site to its cultural roots.

The redevelopment plans include not just the cinema but also the creation of a vibrant City Square at Station Place. This area is currently used as a car park but is envisioned to become a bustling hub for the community, featuring green spaces, tree canopies, and multiple attractions.

Further enhancing the area, Barnes Place and Palais Lane are set to be revitalized into pedestrian-friendly laneways, lined with cafes and restaurants. This redevelopment aims to complement the existing Watton and Synnot Street Sub-precinct, which is already set for significant mixed-use development.

Werribee river precinct
Along the Werribee River. Image: Wyndham City

The overall plan for Werribee includes improving the Werribee Station as a high-quality rail hub with better accessibility and presentation. Key Opportunity Sites throughout the precinct, like the Riverbend Site, are targeted to deliver substantial mixed-use development that engages with the Werribee River and its surrounding open spaces.

This holistic approach aims to interconnect the Werribee City Centre with other nearby activity centres such as Hoppers Crossing and East Werribee, creating a cohesive network of homes, jobs, facilities, services, and transport.

The proposed changes promise to transform the city centre into a lively, attractive destination, fulfilling the ‘City Heart’ vision of the Wyndham Plan and making Werribee a standout location in the region.

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