Tweed cinemas invaded
BOXING Day blockbusters, a public holiday and wet weather yesterday all contributed to a record turnout of movie-goers.
AMC Tweed 6 Cinemas had its largest single-session crowd since it open 10 years ago, assistant manager Dean Smith said.
“Between 11am and 6pm we had about 1500 people come through,” Mr Smith said yesterday afternoon.
“It’s been our biggest single session since we’ve opened and it’s still growing.
“We’ve sold close to 1000 boxes of popcorn.”
Mr Smith said the rain and public holiday contributed to the record crowds.
“We’re very, very happy and we’re pleased with how people conducted themselves,” he said.
“We have ended up calling in extra staff to help out.”
The ticket line at AMC Tweed 6 Cinemas stretched down the complex stairs a number of times, Mr Smith said.
Yesterday’s clear favourite at the Tweed City cinema was Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
“That cinema has 313 seats and we sold out every session,” Mr Smith said.
UK couple Henry and Delia Taylor and their grand-children were lucky enough to snag tickets to the family comedy.
“We’re avoiding the rain and seeing a movie,” Mr Taylor said.
Ten-year-old Liam Taylor said he chose the “squeakquel” as he was a fan of the first movie.
“We also saw Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs these holidays,” Liam said.
Mr Smith said Sherlock Holmes and Avatar have been popular with the older viewers.
“Adults really enjoy Avatar and Sherlock Holmes is a good laugh,” he said.
“They’re my two best picks at the moment.” Many major cinema complexes on Boxing Day reported that admissions for Avatar, which opened before Christmas, were double those of the next most popular movies.
Chairman of the Australian Film Critics Association Peter Krausz said he wasn’t surprised to hear it was so popular and attributed its success to its fantasy element, and “because it looks great on the 3D screen”.
Boxing Day is traditionally the biggest day for cinemas and last year Australians spent $17.5 million at the box office from December 26 to 28.