On the 26th of February, Kent and I attended an invitation to the red carpet double-opening of United Cinemas Opera Quays; followed by the Australian premiere screening of Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Misérables.
A Lavish Opening Of United Cinemas Opera Quays
The former Dendy Cinemas Opera Quays has changed hands and is now operating as United Cinemas Opera Quays. As we arrived on time for the cinema’s double-launch event, Kent and I joined a movie loving gaggle of guests being name checked on entering the theatre’s foyer. It seemed that after enduring months of bushfire smoke, Sydneysiders were eager to reset to normal, including enjoying a night out at the movies.
The red carpet, a giant golden Oscar statue, and with his large pompadour hairdo, zoot suit and an Elvis-lookalike entertainers flair – Chairman and Founder of United Cinemas, Mr. Roy Mustaca himself; all part of this spectacular movie-theme reception. Kent and I started the evening with a glass of sparkling wine, tasted some lovely finger food and chatted with friends and fellow guests. Then, like everybody else we walked over to have our photos taken in front of the media wall. ‘I like your 1920s haircut and style!’ As I was told by several people; frankly speaking, I’m glad my Gatsby inspired look paid off. ‘Are you someone famous?’ ‘No, I’m not Claudia Chan Shaw!’ Yes I had been mistaken as Claudia in the past whenever I had a similar bob to hers. I even told the wonderful Claudia in person about the mistaken-identity compliments and she seemed rather amused by it!
Australian Premiere Screening Of Les Misérables – The Staged Concert
While we had a great time mingling and partying, at seven o’clock it was Australian premiere time for Les Misérables – The Staged Concert. It’s Cameron Mackintosh’s sell-out staged concert version of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, Les Misérables from the Gielgud Theatre in London. ‘Do you realised that in Year 1802 “today”, it was Victor Hugo’s birthday? What a coincidence!’ I said to Kent as we grabbed our movie-ice-cream before following fellow patrons inside and choosing our seats.
Mr. Roy Mustaca, Chairman and Founder of United Cinemas, which is Australia’s largest independently owned cinema chain, took to the stage in front of the theatre screen and welcomed us before the movie started. Seen by over 120 million people worldwide, Les Misérables is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular musicals. I’m sure we’ve all seen it at least once before but still, there was not a dry eye in the house when Dreamed A Dream was performed. Leading an outstanding cast and orchestra of over 65 talented musicians and singers; Les Misérables – The Staged Concert is a must-see movie for all fans of musical theatre and live event cinema.
Thank you Markson Sparks PR & Celebrity Management for your kind invite; we had an amazing night!