Upgrades to The Crossing Theatre’s cinema are on track to be completed this month with the cinemas expected to reopen shortly after, Narrabri Shire Council has announced.

Council took advantage of the forced closure of cinemas due to COVID-19 in March and brought forward scheduled refurbishments.

The reopening of the cinemas will see the following conditions apply in accordance with current NSW government COVID-19 restrictions:
• Cinema one will be able to seat a maximum of 39 people
• Cinema two will be able to seat a maximum of 26 people
• Patrons will be required to provide their contact details when purchasing tickets for contact tracing purposes
• Patrons will need to leave two seats between groups (families/household groups can be seated together.)

Movie session times will be released on The Crossing Theatre website, Facebook page and will be advertised in The Courier newspaper when they are confirmed in the near future.

Council’s manager of cultural facilities, Scott Pollock said he was thrilled to be reopening the cinemas to the community.

“We are looking forward to welcoming our patrons back to the cinemas. Our staff have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure our patrons are given the best cinema experience as possible under the current circumstances,” he said.

“This has involved working with movie distributors, to working on our cinema COVID safe plan to ensure it is ready and compliant.

“We are looking forward to bringing back the movie experience to the community in the freshly refurbished cinemas.”

Council is highly recommending that due to the limitations on how many patrons can be in a cinema at a time, that movie goers pre-book their tickets with The Crossing Theatre to ensure they don’t miss out.

Both cinemas have been re-carpeted, re-painted and have had new seating installed with accessibility seating spaces included in the new configuration.

Council is proud of the quality finish to the refurbishments and is even prouder to confirm that the refurbishments have been completed by local tradespersons.

This project was partially funded by the federal government’s Drought Communities Program – Extension.

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