New movie house for Portmore in 2019

Palace Multiplex in Montego Bay.

Palace Amusement is expanding with the re-entry into the rapidly growing Portmore community in 2019. The newest cinema house when complete, will bringing the number of movie houses to four.
The company in its 2018 annual report stated, “we are excited about the offerings of the four screens location to come” in Portmore. In 2004 fiscal year, the Portmore cinema brought in just over $15 million in revenue, with segment profit of $1.2 million. In 2004 the population was around 160,000 persons and with some estimates indicating it could be over the 300,000 region now, as a result, the new cinema could generate revenues of more than $100 million per year, with attendant profit to be added to the existing business. With Portmore so close to Kingston it could result in a switch in some of the existing business to the new one.
The company also stated, “It is our hope, in short order, to introduce laser technology in our cinema projection–which will offer a superior light quality for films. Additionally, we will introduce disposable 3D glasses in some of our locations–in response to customer preference and requests.”
Palace reported it best year ever with the fiscal year to June 2018 annual report states profit after tax of $152 million up from just $33 million for the full year in 2017 and earnings per share of $96.58. Revenues climbed  by 17 percent to $1.67 billion that flowed from a 25 percent rise in patronage income at Carib, 27 percent increase at Cineplex and just 11.5 percent in Montego Bay, Multiplex.
Palace share last traded at $1,500 but is on offer at $1,200 without any takers.

Bolshoi Ballet, Coppélia this Sunday

A sparkling tale of magic and mischief, Coppélia has everything a good story ballet should: a touch of enchantment, a dash of romance and masses of sumptuous costumes.
Dubbed one of the most enduringly popular ballets of all time, Coppélia tells the story of young love, duplicity and rivalry. In this timeless romantic production, Swanilda and Franz are in love until the appearance of Dr Coppelius and his mysterious daughter Coppélia upset the celebrations. However, Dr Coppelius’ haughty daughter is not what she purports and Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s sinister doll-filled lair – with the help of some fancy footwork.
Coppélia premiered in 1870 at the Paris Opera (The National Academy of Music and Dance). It was originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Leon, a virtuoso dancer, expert on dance folklore, composer and violinist. This interpretation is by the late Russian Choreographer; Sergei Vikharev, with the main dancing roles by Bolshoi Principals; Maria Alexsandrova, Natalia Osipova, Anastasia Goryacheva (Swanilda) and Ruslan Skvortsov, Vyacheslav Lopatin and Artem Ovcharenko (Franz). The music is composed by Leo Delibes and the decor was revived by Boris Kaminsky, with costumes Tatiana Noginova. Conductor is Igor Dronov.
The Bolshoi’s version of Coppélia maintains the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a fickle fiancée, and an eccentric inventor.
On screen Sunday July 8 at 11: 30 a.m., at Palace Cineplex this chilling, yet luminous ballet continues to captivate audiences for over 150 years at the Bolshoi.

Black Panther applauded by patrons & Palace

One of the many gripping scenes from Marvel Studios’ Black Panther.

Palace Amusement Company continues to reap sweet rewards from the phenomenally popular movie, Black Panther that Jamaicans are queuing in droves to see.
Now in its third big week, this Marvel Studios’ phenomenon, in keeping with growing demand island wide has resulted in Palace Amusement adding extra shows at all its cinemas, to satisfy it patrons who are eager to be a part of the film’s astounding appeal and drawing power.
According to a release from Palace its flagship Carib in Cross Roads, have moved to 6 shows daily up from 4, Palace Cineplex, Liguanea, has added daytime matinees on the weekend, in addition to 2 shows daily and in Montego Bay, Palace Cineplex will now have 4 shows daily up from 3. For show times check or see the press.
Palace reported a loss of $5.3 million in the December quarter from revenues of $233 million and a profit of $4 million for the six months period, from revenues of $493 million. By IC computation the success of Black Panther should blast the December quarter’s numbers way out of the waters and well into the black and is likely to make 2018 the most successful year in the movie house’s history.
Palace Amusement Company is listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and last traded at $560.

La Bohème Encores Sunday – Palace Cineplex

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Sonya Yoncheva as Mimì and Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo in Puccini’sLa Bohème.

The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of Puccini’s La Bohème, set to encore this Sunday March 4, 11:30 am at Palace Cineplex.
La Bohème is a classic story full of young love and the triumph of unconditional love over circumstances. On its face, it is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss, on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things that make up our everyday lives. Franco Zefferelli’s classic production starred Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano as the young lovers Mimi and Rodolfo, with Susanna Phillips as Musetta and Lucas Meachem as Marcello.
Lyrical and touchingly beautiful, the score of La Bohème exerts a uniquely immediate emotional pull. Many of its most memorable melodies are built incrementally to depict love and the struggles of everyday life.
Composer, Giacomo Puccini was immensely popular in his own lifetime due to his remorseless perfectionist style of composing. His mature works such as; Tosca and Madama Butterfly, remain staples in the repertory of most of the world’s opera companies. Being one of the world’s favourite opera, it takes a talented producer to add freshness to the production without removing the subtle nuances of Puccini’s original piece.

Ryan Speedo Green as Oroe in Rossini’s “Semiramide” playing March 10.

The titan behind the current production of La Bohème, is Academy Award® nominated director and producer; Franco Zeffirelli. He known for productions such as; Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Brother Sun, Sister Moon and the Taming of the Shrew.
The next transmission will be Semiramide, Rossini’s rarely-performed masterpiece of vocal fireworks, on Saturday, March 10. The all-star bel canto cast, led by Maurizio Benini, features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the cast.


Taming of the Shrew on Sunday – Cineplex

Bolshoi Ballet’s The Taming of the Shrew-
Ekaterina Krysanova as Katharina and Vladislav Lantratov as Luciento.

With sturdy spins, spirited prancing and tempestuous connections, The Taming of the Shrew is the ultimate dance drama to witness for the start of the new year.
Conducted by Igor Dronov, The Taming of the Shrew was staged exclusively for the Bolshoi and will be shown this Sunday, 11:30 a.m. at Palace Cineplex and selected theatres worldwide. The Bolshoi Ballet continues the 2017-18 season with several amazing productions in the pipeline, including Romeo and Juliet, The ladies of the Camellias, the Flames of Paris and Giselle.
The ballet surrounds the household of Batista, and his strong will to set his daughters on the right side of love. Three suitors—Hortensio, Lucentio, and Gremio compete to serenade Batista’s youngest daughter- the lovely and docile Bianca. However, he declares that Bianca shall not marry until her older sister, Katherina, is wed. Despite being endowed with an attitude that frightens men off, Katherina finds pleasure in Petruchio who ‘seems’ able to quell her ferocity.
The cast is led by Bolshoi star Ekaterina Krysanova (Katharina) and Vladislav Lantratov (Luciento). Ernest Pignon-Ernest delivers a sleek architectural set and Igor Dronov leads the beautiful musical score.

Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain star in Molly’s Game.

Molly’s Game |Molly Bloom is an Olympic-class skier who runs the world’s most exclusive high stakes poker. Her players include; Hollywood royalties, sports stars, business titans, and unbeknown to her, the Russian Mob. Finding herself on the opposite side of the law, her only ally is her criminal defense lawyer- Charlie Jaffey, who learns there is much more to Molly than the news carry.
Molly’s Game is nominated for two Golden Globe Awards® including Best Actress and Best Screenplay. The film is based on a book by Molly Bloom, directed by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin and stars Golden Globe Award® winner Idris Elba, Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain, and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner.
The fourth entry in the Insidious series ‘Insidious: The Last Key’ opens this week. This horror flick is directed by Adam Robitel, with screenplay by Leigh Whannell, and stars Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainer. The rest of the cast includes Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell;, Josh Sampson, Caitlan Gerard and Spencer Locke.