The closure of Wallis Cinemas’ Mainline Drive-In South Australia and Victoria’s Lunar Drive-In across the past two years has raised questions about the overall sustainability of the business model for drive-in cinemas. IF speaks with exhibitors about the road ahead for car-friendly screenings.
It can be argued that now more than ever, when customers opt to watch a film out of home, they’re wanting more than a movie, but an ‘experience’. In response, the country's major exhibitors are looking to bump up premium offerings. IF takes a look.
Australian audiences have heeded the call of 'Sound of Freedom' and 'André Rieu's 2023 Maastricht Concert: Love is All Around', with the former breaking up Barbenheimer to be the second-highest-grossing film of the weekend.
By their "very different but equally excellent" powers combined, 'Barbie' and 'Oppenheimer have given Australian cinemas their best weekend since the pandemic began - and for at least one exhibitor, its best weekend ever.
'Top Gun: Maverick' held on to that loving feeling at the box office for a second weekend, taking in another $13 million.
Australian cinema made a welcome return to box office top three on the weekend as Madman's Fremantle-shot 'How To Please a Woman' came in behind Marvel juggernaut 'Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness' and 'Downton Abbey: A New Era'.
Cinemas in metro-Melbourne are able to reopen to fully vaccinated patrons tonight from 6pm, at 75 per cent capacity or up to 1,000 people. With Melbourne the most locked-down city in the world, IF talks to Village Cinemas executive general manager Nic Robin and Cinema Nova joint executive director Natalie Miller about how they have fared and how they see the theatrical landscape.
For the first time since cinemas reopened, two titles have earned more than $1 million in a single weekend, with 'The Witches' bowing and 'The War With Grandpa' continuing to climb.