Member for Manly, James Griffin has welcomed a proposal that would transform the top floor of the much-maligned Whistler Street carpark into an inviting pop-up rooftop cinema.

“This is a fantastic idea, packed with benefits for the local community, businesses and tourists,” Mr Griffin said.

“It would temporarily transform a little-used space into a much-needed entertainment venue, especially given Manly no longer has a commercial cinema.

“And if the film fails to hold attention, the views from the top of the carpark, over the harbour to North Head and the sea, are spectacular,” Mr Griffin quipped.

The Manly Rooftop Cinema has been inspired by successful rooftop cinemas in the entertainment hub of the world, Los Angeles.

The proposal would transform the very top floor of the Whistler Street carpark into a viewing area with comfortable bean bag seating on an Astro-turf floor, complimented by eco-friendly décor.

Mr Griffin said the format has been tested with success at Manly’s International College of Management where headphones are provided to guests to reduce the impact of noise.

“Residents close to the proposed rooftop cinema will also benefit from modern technology enabling screen adjustments to help reduce light pollution.

“It is further proposed to cap attendances at 200 and finish screenings by 10.00pm,” Mr Griffin said.

The proposal has been put to Northern Beaches Council, which would also receive a fee for using the facility.

Mr Griffin said local businesses near the venue would also benefit from the opportunity to serve food and drink to patrons moving through the Manly CBD.

“The Manly Rooftop Cinema proposal appears to be well thought through with benefits for residents, businesses and tourists alike.

“I look forward to Council’s consideration of the proposal and while there may a need for adjustments, it is hoped the outcome will deliver success for all concerned,” Mr Griffin concluded.

Further details of the project can be obtained from Manly Open Air Cinema Director, Bryce Martiskin on 0433-025-937 or by email at [email protected] or by visiting the website,