Movies draw crowds
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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Alicia Mills, 14, Ashley Clake, 11, and Brody James, 6
Callum, 13, and Joel Sullivan, 9. Back: Hagan Sullivan, 14, Michael Jones, 16, and Teele Sullivan, 16
Rowena and Arnold Pammit Louisse, 4, and Shania, 7