Projectors will whirr into motion tomorrow (Thursday, 18 June) with Reading Cinemas Bundaberg reopening to the public.
And while that doesn't mean it's normal popcorn-munching business quite yet, cinema complex manager Brent Abercrombie said things were slowly returning back to normal.
“Patron details will be required before entry for contact tracing and we have increased sanitiser stations and reduced capacities in all our cinemas to adhere to physical distancing requirements, just to name a few,” Brent said.
“Popcorn will be wrapped differently and we’re only going to be letting 20 people into a cinema at a time.
“I would recommend those who want to see a movie book their tickets online to ensure they can get a seat with the limited capacity we now have.
“We will also be accepting contact-less card payments only at the cinema.”
Reopening a cinema under COVID-19 is still a hard task, and in addition to the increased hygiene and social distancing requirements, some Hollywood studios are withholding new titles.
But there’s still plenty of entertainment on offer at Reading Cinemas Bundaberg, and Brent assured patrons that a number of movies, new and old, would be available from the reopening onwards.
“We will be showing films from when we closed and some other films we missed at our cinema like Jo Jo Rabbit,” Brent said.
“We also have a new biography/drama called ‘The Current War' with its epic story of the cutthroat competition between the greatest inventors of the industrial age.
“New films will start to appear from July 23rd starting with Mulan.”
Brent said staff were eager to get back to work and were looking forward to seeing a film on the big screen once more.
“The staff have been missing the cinema as much as the patrons and the team are really looking forward to being able to come back to work again,” he said.
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