New safety procedures include capped cinema capacities and seating allocation, which will allow friends and families to remain seated together while distanced from other bookings.
Additional measures at all Palace Cinemas will include compulsory online booking, staggered screenings to avoid unnecessary congestion in foyers, the provision of hand sanitiser stations at cinema entrances and points of sale, and contactless payment for food and beverage purchases.
Palace has secured several new releases to reopen with: including the Steve Carell political farce Irresistible; the critically acclaimed Scandinavian-noir from the most recent Cannes Film Festival, A White, White Day; Judd Apatow's The King of Staten Island; and musical comedy The High Note. More films on their way throughout July too, including the highly-anticipated Mulan.
Plus Palace Cinemas will also be offering $2 Choctops, and Movie Club members will have exclusive access to purchase ticket bundles, with 5 eTickets for $40 - that's only $8 per ticket! (You must become a Movie Club member before July 8 to be eligible).
Palace also plans to resume the French Film Festival program that it was forced to halt in March. Palace Chief Executive Benjamin Zeccola said the chain wanted to reopen with new releases rather than films that had already screened in cinemas or were available online. "Going to the cinema means you are seeing it first, in state of the art surroundings, and as the director intended it," said Mr Zeccola.
"Movie lovers have been vocal about their enthusiasm to come back to the cinema experience, and we can't wait to serve them."
As the first cinema-circuit to close its doors ahead of government mandates in mid-March, Palace marks its reopening with the same effort and care to protect patrons and staff, and is proud to have withstood this turbulent period without a single staff redundancy.
Tickets for Palace Cinemas' opening week will be available to book online now. Find out more at www.palacecinemas.com.au/palace-cinemas-reopening-july-2
Find out more at www.palacecinemas.com.au/palace-cinemas-reopening-july-2