Palace Cinemas is the first movie chain to announce its reopening date following the easing of coronavirus restrictions across the country.

While Step 2 of the COVID-19 roadmap to the easing of restrictions allows for the reopening of cinemas and theatres, no other cinema chain had yet shared their plans.

Palace operates 20 cinemas across the country, including two in Queensland at James Street and The Barracks, and will be opening its doors once again on July 2.

The move to reopen is earlier than many anticipated, with the major cinema chains expected to schedule their returns around the release of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming blockbuster Tenet, which is being released on July 16.

Visitors to the movies, however, will be met with big changes from what they’re used to.

Instead of six sessions per day, it’s expected that there will only be three per day to allow for intensive cleaning between sessions.

And while groups will be allowed to sit together, cinemas will only have around 20 to 35 per cent of their seats occupied to allow for social distancing.


Step 2 of the COVID-19 roadmap comes into effect in South Australia from next Monday June 1, which will also allow gyms, galleries, museums and beauty parlours to reopen.

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