Box office: COVID spike in VIC delays reopens

Cinemas reopen this week, but did the Victorian COVID-19 spike put a dampener on cinema turnout?

<p>Despite a spate of reopenings, this week the box office maintained an eerie calm. While this ought to have been a banner week for cinemas around the country, the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Victoria has made this optimistic schedule of reopenings seem less certain. 

Village Cinema have delayed reopening twelve of their Victorian cinemas, including the cinemas in complexes at the Jam Factory in South Yarra, and Crown Casino in the Melbourne CBD. These twelve locations have had their reopening date pushed back from 2 July to 20 July. 

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Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob