Popcorn and passion at the family Palace

After migrating from Italy in the 1950s, the Zeccolas' passion for cinema birthed a business empire. New Palace Cinemas chief Benjamin continues his family's legacy.

Not many chief executives can lay claim to 21 years in the business by age 38 – but Benjamin Zeccola can. And that's not counting the time he worked for Palace Cinemas on school nights. His earliest memories involve crawling around his father’s movie cinemas in Melbourne when he was a baby, and he’s never wanted to work anywhere else.

The Zeccolas lives are defined by the movies.

“My grandfather, Giovanni, came to Australia in 1957,” Benjamin says.

The bridge over the river Kwai won the academy award for best picture that year.”

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