Intermission is over, Merimbula cinema reopens

Jesse Tankard, managing director at The Picture Show Man is happy to have the doors open again after more than three months of closure. Picture supplied.
Jesse Tankard, managing director at The Picture Show Man is happy to have the doors open again after more than three months of closure. Picture supplied.

The Picture Show Man Twin Cinema in Merimbula has reopened its doors after more than three long months of forced closure.

"It's really nice to be open and see our regulars coming in again," Jesse Tankard, managing director of the cinema, said on Thursday.

Aside from the local impact of COVID-19, Mr Tankard said the cinema also needed to wait for films to be released from the United States, as release dates there had been affected significantly by the pandemic.

"We're looking at showing more Australian films and increasing independent screenings, we'll be delving into the catalogues in order to do that," Mr Tankard said.

The business has managed to stay afloat with the assistance of grants relating to both the bushfires and COVID-19, as well as the JobKeeper initiative.

Ordinarily, the twin cinema has a capacity of more than 300, but current social distancing restrictions mean the two cinemas are only able to seat 80 patrons in total.

"We will be having reduced numbers along with reserved seating, to ensure patrons are socially distanced during sessions."

As seating is limited, the cinema is taking phone bookings on 6495 3744 and session times can be viewed on its website.