The first box office report in two months is here – and it’s weird

Of all the the curveballs that 2020 has thrown the Australian film industry, 'Shrek' making the box office charts might be the funniest.

As cinemas slowly begin to reopen around the country, many are relying on old faves to bring back a (socially distanced) audience. On the Gold Coast, Home of the Arts (HOTA) will reopen their cinemas with 12 screenings a day from 6 June, and while they haven’t announced a program at the time of writing, CEO Criena Gehrke says that it cater to a range of audiences, and will ‘touch on some of our favourite films, through to award-winning masterpieces, as well as family movies.’

Drive-ins are coming back into favour as the ideal socially-distanced communal cinema experience, and Cinema Nova is also looking at making its return with old favourites, announcing that their opening weekend would feature screenings of The Room and Cats. 

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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