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Drive-in movies back as NSW cinemas confirm July restart

Drive-through cinemas across the state have opened in time for the weekend as Palace and Event cinemas flag a July restart.

The popular Skyline Drive In Blacktown opened its gates to the public last night, marking the long-awaited return of cinemas across the state.

Capacity is being limited to allow social distancing but demand has been high, tickets are selling out fast.

Cinema goers watching a film from their car at the Skyline Drive-In at Blacktown on Thursday night. Picture: AAP
media_cameraCinema goers watching a film from their car at the Skyline Drive-In at Blacktown on Thursday night. Picture: AAP

Organisers of outdoor cinema experience Mov’in bed (Movie in a Bed) have also pivoted old fashion drive ins, launching movies on the rooftop of the Entertainment Quarters carpark roof last night.

The drive-through return comes as boutique cinema chain Palace Cinemas announces a July 2 reopening. The chain will run at a reduced capacity, offering online-only bookings, separate seating and physical distancing.

Skyline reopened with increased social distancing and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Picture: AAP
media_cameraSkyline reopened with increased social distancing and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Picture: AAP
The experience was embraced by the public who rushed to book a ‘seat’ at the Skyline for opening night. Picture: AAP
media_cameraThe experience was embraced by the public who rushed to book a ‘seat’ at the Skyline for opening night. Picture: AAP

Hand sanitiser will be provided at every point of service and screenings will be staggered to reduce congestion.

Event Cinemas will open on July 17 while Hoyts is expected to announce a date soon.

Mov’in Bed Founder Vincent Hernandez said while COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the entertainment and events industry, it had been encouraging seeing how many people had adapted.

A family relax in the back of their car to watch a film at Skyline on Thursday night. Picture: AAP
media_cameraA family relax in the back of their car to watch a film at Skyline on Thursday night. Picture: AAP

“People in events are problem-solvers and looking at the number of great initiatives that are starting to pop around the country, I think we are all demonstrating how quick we can turn things around.”

Mr Hernandez hopes that by showing some film favourites like Dirty Dancing and Harry Potter of the classics, he can bring a little bit of normality back into Sydneysiders lives.

“I think it has been a very challenging time for us all. Some adjusted well to iso and many didn’t,” he said. “I’m looking forward to bringing back a night out with the family or a couples’ night out.”

For information and tickets, head to movincar.com.au

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