Gold Coast cinema reopens

Movie magic returns to Home of The Arts.

The Gold Coast’s Home of The Arts (HOTA) cinema will reopen its doors to patrons on 6 June following easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said many locals would look forward to hitting the flicks. 

“There will be 12 screenings a day from Saturday 6 June and we are pulling together a thematic program that touches on some of our favourite films through to award-winning masterpieces, as well as family movies,” Ms Gehrke said.

Venue restrictions will limit patrons to 20 per screening with assigned seating and strict social distancing measures in place.

Ms Gehrke said the move was a positive step to a return to theatre experiences and, when restrictions permit, a host of regular programming to come.

“We are not there yet but there is a strong local appetite for the arts and the cinema is the first cab off the rank,” she said.

“As the government allows it, we will rebuild our program to welcome back artists and audiences gradually to ensure we remain a vibrant and dynamic Home of the Arts.”

HOTA was one of the first Gold Coast venues to close its doors during the COVID-19 pandemic and is now leading the way in creating safe opportunities to enjoy regular experiences.

“We look forward to releasing details of the cinema program later this week and encourage everyone to check the HOTA website for ongoing updates,” Ms Gehrke said.

The movie line-up will be announced on the HOTA website.