First moves on Coronavirus for exhibitors and production community

Letters to the government, audiences kept apart from each other in the dark - COVID-19 is warping our world.

The entire Palace Cinema network has now shut down as the government closes non-essential gatherings of more than a hundred people for the next six months. The Leederville cinemas in WA are still functioning while the Nova in Melbourne, also a Palace partner, has adjusted seating to create a four square meter per person zone, and changed screening times so less people gather in the foyer. 

Given that Palace has already flagged a possible equity sharing arrangement which reduces the family’s financial burden, we can expect a lot of hard thinking behind closed doors. As we keep saying to each other, the unthinkable is now possible.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.