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PERTH CINEMAS Back open for business


Because we’re not like the USA or Victoria, cinemas across Perth are reopening and the big screen is back for us locals. After three months of closure (certainly their longest in history), the multiplexes and independent cinemas are finally back – Reading Cinemas paved the way, opening back up on June 11, and now the others like Hoyts, Event, Luna and Palace are following, opening up their doors today, July 2.

Of course, many social distancing measures are still being enacted to ensure safe viewing. Patrons are asked to sit apart from others, separated by one or two seats, and movie screenings will be spread out so audience congestion is less likely.

If it’s big screen entertainment you’re now craving, Hoyts, Reading, and Event have a number of films that were previously stalled, but are now back up including The Invisible Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Bloodshot, Spies in Disguise and Birds of Prey, with Reading is even holding screenings of classic films like Ghostbusters, Mary Poppins and Eagle vs Shark.

These multiplexes opened just in time for the release of highly anticipated blockbuster Tenet, which is expected to usher in the reopening of cinemas all over the world (even in the USA and Victoria), though its release date has now been delayed to August 12.

And the independents like Luna and Palace will be screening brand new films and documentaries, including The Personal History of David Copperfield, The Trip to Greece, The Assistant, The Booksellers, Monos, Love Sarah, It Must Be Heaven, the Australian films H is for Happiness and Hearts and Bones, as well as new screenings of Luna Leederville favourite The Room, playing on July 12.

The curtains have been raised and the balcony is now open, the big screen is back upon us – let’s hope there’s no phase two of re-closure.

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