Movie fans can soak up the big screen experience once again from July 2 when Reading Cinemas flicks the projector back into action at Dubbo.
The popular entertainment option is set to return more than three months after COVID-19 forced the closure of cinemas across Australia.
Cinema complex manager Michael Wakelam said his team was "over the moon" about the planned reopening, and he was looking forward to seeing patrons.
"The only thing I heard everywhere I went [during the shutdown] was 'when are you opening, when are you opening, when are you opening?'," he said.
Reading reports there will be a reduction in auditorium and foyer capacities, a staggered seating approach and a stringent cleaning program as part of its range of new measures to protect against COVID-19.
"The reality is, say instead of having five sessions a day, we might only have four, just to give us more time to clean," Mr Wakelam said.
The long-time complex manager said everyone would be encouraged to book their tickets online, and transactions at the cinema would be cashless, but one thing hadn't changed.
"Yes, there will [be], absolutely, fresh hot popcorn," he said.
Mr Wakelam said they were still waiting to be advised about which movies would screen when the doors reopened.
Following the successful relaunch of six cinema locations in Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia on June 1, Reading is proceeding with a staged reopening.
"We are excited to welcome our loyal customers across the country back to the movies," Reading Cinemas Australia managing director Mark Douglas said.
"It has been a difficult few months for everyone and we look forward to providing a welcome distraction as Australia emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The feedback from those who attended our Tasmanian, South Australian and Western Australian cinemas this week has been very positive and gives us great confidence to safely open the remainder of our locations.
"We commend the national cabinet on their handling of the pandemic."
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