Movies back on the big screen

Reading Cinemas Sunbury's Bridget Byrne, Amelia Clarke and Sydelene Igno. (Damjan Janevski) 220716_01

Jessica Micallef

It’s a box office hit.

The Reading Cinemas Sunbury reopened last Thursday after nearly eight months of blank screens.

Cinema manager Amelia Clarke couldn’t be more excited to welcome back film fanatics.

“It’s a big relief. I can’t even explain how happy and excited I am and hopefully it will stay like that,” she said.

“It’s been a long trek for the staff but we are back and everyone is really stoked.”

While film lovers are able to return to the cinema auditorium, a trip to the movies will look a little different.

Up to 20 people socially distanced will be allowed per theatre and in the foye, and masks must be worn during the movie except when eating and drinking.

“We will also be disinfecting every cinema after each use [and] … every seat will be allocated which is very important,” Ms Clarke said.

“We will still have popcorn in the boxes but we will have bags to make sure it is covered.”

Ms Clarke encourages people to book tickets online to avoid disappointment.