Movies draw crowds

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - By ADAM WATKIN

MORE than 8000 peo­ple at­tended the movies yes­ter­day, mak­ing it the busiest day Townsville and Thuringowa cine­mas had ever seen.

Yes­ter­day c h i l d r e n swamped Read­ing Cine­mas, War­rina Cine­plex and Birch Car­roll and Coyle to see the grand open­ing of Hap­pyFeet.

Read­ing Cine­mas com­plex man­ager Ar­lene Valen­tine said 5000 peo­ple at­tended dur­ing dur­ing Box­ing Day.

She said it was the big­gest day of the year be­cause Read­ing tra­di­tion­ally re­leased a lot of new movies on the day.

‘‘It’s been a very busy day and be­cause Box­ing Day fell on Tues­day we have had our Tues­day prices,’’ Mrs Valen­tine said.

‘‘Th­ese Christ­mas hol­i­days have also been big for us be­cause we re­leased a few movies be­fore Box­ing Day like Casino Royale, which is still go­ing strong.

‘‘So we’ve had a good trade over the last two weeks.’’

Ryan Flynn, 9, saw Happy Feet with his sis­ter Emma and brother Sean at Read­ing Cine­mas and de­scribed the 103-minute an­i­ma­tion as ‘pretty funny’.

Ryan said the movie was open to all ages and he would rec­om­mend it to any­one, even his mother.

A spokesman for Birch Car­roll and Coyle said about 3000 peo­ple at­tended the city cine­mas through­out Box­ing Day with movies Happy Feet, Night At The Mu­seum and The Hol­i­day ex­pected to draw large crowds over the Christ­mas hol­i­days.

‘‘Box­ing Day and New Year’s Day is the big­gest pe­riod of the year and it had al­ways done well in the past,’’ he said.

Kim Jones from An­nan­dale took her daugh­ter to see Happy Feet at Birch Car­roll and Coyle.

She said it was a nice way to beat the heat and spend Box­ing Day with her daugh­ter.

Arnold Pam­mit from Kirwan saw two movies yes­ter­day at Birch Car­roll and Coyle with his wife Rowena and chil­dren Louisse, 4, Lorenzo, 10, and Sha­nia, 7.

Mr Pum­mit saw Nigh­tAt the Mu­seum and Eragon and said go­ing to the movies was a nice way to top off a pretty good Christ­mas with fam­ily.

War­rina Cine­plex also traded well over Box­ing Day, which sig­ni­fied the day’s rep­u­ta­tion as the most suc­cess­ful for Aus­tralian cin­ema.

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FRIENDLYOUTING . . . Jamie Craig, Sam Ram­say, Louise Notridge and Adam Need at the movies

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Ali­cia Mills, 14, Ash­ley Clake, 11, and Brody James, 6

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Cal­lum, 13, and Joel Sul­li­van, 9. Back: Ha­gan Sul­li­van, 14, Michael Jones, 16, and Teele Sul­li­van, 16

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Rowena and Arnold Pam­mit Louisse, 4, and Sha­nia, 7

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