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American Essentials Film Festival

Once again, Palace Central is bringing the best of American film to Australian cinemas. Prepare for more brilliant premieres as this two-week festival tours Sydney.

The festival is a showcase of the latest triumphs in independent film – with narrative feature films and documentaries on offer, as well as a selection of newly restored American classics. Audiences are sure to see some familiar faces on screen.

The American Essentials Film Festival reflects the diversity of contemporary cinema, with film styles such as comedy, thriller, melodrama, visual art and symphonic documentary all featured. The festival is a careful curation of some of the country’s most promising new talent, and a lesson in independent filmmaking.

Grab your popcorn and sink back into one of Palace Cinema’s plush seats to experience the transformation of cinema in Sydney. With stylish décor and multiple lounge and bar areas for you to relax before and after the films, this fully licensed cinema is the prime location for one of Australia’s most anticipated film festivals.

Make sure you check the festival program to see the range of films on offer and their screening times. There are also opening night and special event screenings. Don’t miss out on purchasing your ticket to the American Essentials Film Festival– this event only happens once a year and group booking discounts are available!

Chippendale is a small inner-city suburb that’s just two kilometres south of the Sydney CBD. Public transport services are available to get you there (buses and trains) if you want to avoid traffic. Redfern is the closest train station and Chippendale is a short walk from there.

The American Essentials Film Festival showcases the latest and best indie movies from the United States. All movies shown feature an American cast, and have been produced in the US within the last year. The festival includes a wide range of film genres including adventure, thriller, comedy, horror, coming of age, classics, noir, social justice, political, biography, and romance.

The indie film festival circuit travels through Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Brisbane for several days in each city each year. In Sydney, the films will be screened at the Palace Central Sydney Cinemas. Take note that complimentary member tickets from Palace Cinemas won’t be entertained for the festival, but you may use a Palace Cinemas gift card to purchase your tickets.

The audience can look forward to exclusive events such as the pre-film function held on the Opening Night, which are catered and have a live band followed by a film screening. The Special Event is another noteworthy segment of the festival; it enables the audience to watch a certain film shortly after its world premier. The movies shown at the American Essentials Film Festival are open to audiences aged 18 years old and above, unless otherwise specified. Kids may attend the family-friendly films, if any, during the festival. All the films are played in English, so there’s no need to worry about subtitles.

The Palace Central Sydney Cinemas are located at 28 Broadway, Level 3, Central Park Mall, Chippendale, New South Wales. Tickets may be purchased online, over the phone, or in the cinemas from 11AM to 8:30PM daily, until the tickets are sold out. You may choose from General Admission, Double Feature, Special Event, Multi-Film Purchase, and Group Booking tickets for the American Essentials Film Festival. The group bookings are available for either 20 individuals or more, or a school group of at least 20 students. When purchasing a ticket, you’ll be asked to choose a seat from allocations in the venue. Additionally, all event passes are inclusive of a drink on arrival, unless it says otherwise. The cinemas open fifteen minutes before the first movie of the day, so make sure to come early.

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