Event Cinemas at Top Ryde Shopping Centre is the first fully digital cinema complex in NSW, boasting eight auditoriums over two levels with capacity to show 2D and 3D movies to over 1,000 patrons at a time. The complex is located four storeys above ground, and includes a 350 seat Vmax cinema with 25 m screen and Vmax bar serving food and drinks. Holmes Fire provided the fire engineering services for the base building shopping centre and for the fitout of the cinemas.
Holmes Fire’s involvement proved crucial to the project’s success based on:
- Justification of the reduced egress width and the use of horizontal exits;
- Omitting the need for a smoke exhaust system within each cinema;
- Analysis of unprotected steel beams penetrating fire walls; and
- Permitting an excessive number of risers on the lobby feature stairway.