Blue Room Cinebar bar area.

Williams at Blue Room Cinebar

Wednesday 18 January 2017

A premium and intimate cinema experience

The Blue Room Cinebar is the successful synthesis of both cinema and bar. It’s one of few independently operated cinemas and has been a favourite among locals since 2005.

The Blue Room can be found in Brisbane’s leafy and character filled, inner suburb of Rosalie—known for its village-like atmosphere. The Blue Room hosts visitors in five intimate theatre spaces of between only 24 and 58 seats each. The venue provides a gold-class style experience with semi-reclining chairs, cushions, footrests and the latest cinema technology. The kitchen offers a selection of handmade pizzas, share platters and desserts delivered straight to the viewer’s seat.

The bar area featuring Williams equipment, serves a broad selection of wines, beers and cocktails, as well as standard cinema fare for patrons to enjoy before, during and after screenings.

Blue Room Cinebar interior shots

The latest renovation has seen the bar expand into what was once office space at the street level entry. The fitout of raw materials—brick, steel, slate, mesh, copper, railway sleepers and wrought iron features— create the atmosphere of a vintage, underground wine cellar.

The unique curved back wall is made from rolled raw channel that is bolted to the top and bottom slabs, this is all hidden behind the refrigeration and ceiling treatments.

Due to the staff working at serving stations it was imperative that they didn’t have to travel too far within the space to complete customer orders. The solution was to create a seamless back bar including a chilled bottle display as well as a freezer. In consultation with Williams, Cameo bar cabinets were selected for their rich black colour, sweat resistant heated-glass fronts and energy efficient product lighting, creating a sleek yet understated display. To streamline this look, Williams manufactured a custom Cameo freezer to keep the line-up level and to visually retain the clean appearance of the back bar. The venue has installed Cameo 4 door, self-contained back bar fridges, and a Cameo 2 door self-contained back bar freezer.

The project was designed by Kane McCarthy and Cassandra Pritchard of Open Projects Group.

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