The national cinema chain Palace has announced that it will temporarily shut down every location tomorrow to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Palace operates 20 stores nationwide in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, WA and the ACT.
The closure will take effect on Thursday March 19 and will continue indefinitely.
A statement from Palace said: “Palace has reviewed the Australian government’s advice on non-essential services and public meeting mandates, and has assessed security concerns for our customers and employees.
“Based on this review, we made the difficult decision to temporarily close all Palace Cinema locations indefinitely starting Thursday, March 19, to protect both our employees and our customers. We intend to reopen as soon as possible with the usual rich selection of quality cinemas and our popular international festivals.
“We sincerely thank you all for your patronage and support in this unprecedented time and our excellent staff for your efforts and efforts in difficult circumstances. Rest assured, we’ll be back to great entertainment and a place to pamper yourself and escape if that’s safe. “
Today the government has banned all non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 or more people.
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In the early afternoon, the French film festival Alliance Francais, which takes place at Palace’s locations, announced that it would cancel the rest of its sessions after business hours this evening.
The Sydney Film Festival, which lasts a week and a half in June, has canceled its events this year for the first time in the festival’s history.
Dendy Cinemas has announced no closings, but has updated its website today to indicate that all sessions are limited to 50 percent capacity or 100 visitors in larger auditoriums. Due to the rapid development of corona virus updates, session times were published daily.
Hoyts and Event Cinemas were asked to comment.
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China closed its 70,000 cinemas in late January when the virus was discovered in Wuhan. In the first two months of the year, Chinese box office receipts decreased nearly $ 2 billion year-on-year.
Cinemas have closed in many European countries, while large chains and independent stores across North America have closed in recent days.
Film studios have also delayed blockbuster releases and cut them off the schedule, starting with the Bond film No time to die, the first to move two weeks ago. Since then, Fast and angry 9 , Mulan , The quiet place II and Black widow were among the high profile delays.
Film and television productions around the world have also been discontinued, including Succession, Morning wars, Shang Chi, The amazing race and Carnival series.
This afternoon she has neighbours The device was shut down after it was found that a casual worker had been exposed to another person infected with COVID-19.
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