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Australian cinemas could reopen in time for Christopher Nolan blockbuster Tenet in July

Cinemas open earlier than you think! Bosses want customers to get through the doors in time to show Christopher Nolan’s new blockbuster starring Rob Pattinson

  • The hopeful cinemas of the National Association of Cinema Operations will reopen in July
  • Theaters may have remote seating, more session times, and sanitizing stations
  • Reopening would allow the release of action thriller Tenet starring Robert Pattinson
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19

Australian cinemas could reopen as early as July, just in time for the premiere of Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster starring Robert Pattinson.

The National Association of Cinema Operators (NACO), which represents Event Cinemas, Hoyts, and Village Roadshow, has announced it is “ excited ” about theaters reopening in July, but has not yet set a date.

If the plan continues, cinemas will have more staggered movie sessions, remote seating, contactless payments, and remediation stations to ensure hygiene amid the corona virus.

Staff are also encouraged to download the COVIDSafe app.

Australian cinemas could reopen in July according to plans by the National Association of Cinema Operators (Photo: Event Cinema in Sydney)

Australian cinemas could reopen in July according to plans by the National Association of Cinema Operators (Photo: Event Cinema in Sydney)

NACO said the decision would ultimately depend on Hollywood studios confirming that deferred cinema releases are available for the big screen.

“The association has developed an Australian industry standard for decontamination that it can confidently reach the industry,” NACO said in a statement Tuesday.

These include staggered session times and remote seating to meet social distance requirements, contactless and cashless transactions where possible, investments in disinfection stations where applicable and increased frequency of cleaning cinemas.

“NACO recognizes that studios will not release new titles until most cinemas are open around the world.”

The reopening in July would welcome the release of Christopher Nolan's action thriller Tenet starring Robert Pattinson (pictured)

The reopening in July would welcome the release of Christopher Nolan's action thriller Tenet starring Robert Pattinson (pictured)

The reopening in July would welcome the release of Christopher Nolan’s action thriller Tenet starring Robert Pattinson (pictured)

The film will hit theaters on July 16, with filmmaker Nolan determined to let the release date go through

The film will hit theaters on July 16, with filmmaker Nolan determined to let the release date go through

The film will hit theaters on July 16, with filmmaker Nolan determined to let the release date go through

The association also said that cinemas would remain closed until the government said otherwise.

Despite no official date set, the industry’s figures hope July 16, which would welcome the release of Nolan’s action thriller Tenet.

The movie stars Pattinson and the son of Denzel Washington, John David Washington.

IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond said Mr. Nolan was determined to have his movie as the first theatrical release.

“Chris would really like to come out with the movie that opens theaters,” Gelfond said last week.

“I don’t know anyone in America who is pushing harder to reopen theaters and have his movie released than Chris Nolan.”

Disney’s Mulan live action reboot is also expected to hit theaters in July.

Top Gun’s second episode, Top Gun: Maverick, is expected to be released on the same day as Tenet, but has since been pushed back to December.

The James Bond movie No Time To Die has also been postponed to November.

Cinemas across Australia were ordered to close during the peak of COVID-19 in March.

Cinemas across Australia were ordered to close amid the peak of COVID-19 in March (Photo: Event Cinemas in Brisbane)

Cinemas across Australia were ordered to close amid the peak of COVID-19 in March (Photo: Event Cinemas in Brisbane)

Cinemas across Australia were ordered to close amid the peak of COVID-19 in March (Photo: Event Cinemas in Brisbane)

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