A new eight-screen complex is set to open in Woolloongabba with large and boutique theatres and a world-class dining experience.

Reading Entertainment will be moving into South City Square’s huge retail and dining precinct, located just three minutes from The Gabba.

The $600 million urban regeneration project is a joint venture between developers Pellicano and Perri Projects.

The cinema chain has snapped up one of the first retail tenancies in the 13,000 square metre precinct, which is intended to serve as a new shopping and lifestyle hub for the southside suburb.

The cinemas, which will be situated within the development’s double-story commercial podium, will range from smaller, boutique theatres to a large-screen format theatre, and are expected to offer a dine-in experience to die for.

“Reading Entertainment is internationally known for its advanced entertainment offerings and we are looking forward to providing these services to Woolloongabba,” said Pellicano’s development operations manager Michael Kent.

Both Reading Entertainment and Woolworths have signed 15-year leases with South City Square, with Woolworths set to be situated on the lower ground.

The precinct will also boast a gourmet market hall, fitness centre, and smaller cafes and restaurants.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that the cinema isn’t expected to open until 2022, so you might want to keep your choc top refrigerated for now.

At least Coorparoo’s new 10-screen Dendy Cinemas complex will give the southside a new cinema before then, with construction already under way on the project.

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