Melbourne cinemas open up and here’s what’s on

Melbourne cinemas are open again, hopefully for good. Moviegoers, get back to where you once belonged.
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From 6pm this Friday 29 October, Melbourne cinemas are once again open for business.

Melbourne, which spent a total of 263 days in lockdown since the pandemic began, is the heartland of Australia’s arthouse cinema sector, and also contributes a significant chunk of the total national box office, so this weekend’s opening figures will be closely watched for signs audiences are willing to swap TV series for movies. Adding to such hopes is the unofficial long weekend, with a Melbourne Cup public holiday on Tuesday and many taking the Monday off as well.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She is a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk