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Narooma Kinema asks patrons to support them when strong program returns

Mainstream, arthouse and independent films are screened and live shows and performances are usually hosted at the Narooma Kinema, however distributors are postponing the release of many films during the coronavirus crisis.
Mainstream, arthouse and independent films are screened and live shows and performances are usually hosted at the Narooma Kinema, however distributors are postponing the release of many films during the coronavirus crisis.

Despite the original optimism of owner Jade Griffiths, the Narooma Kinema has closed "for an indefinite period".

"It is likely we will not be reopening until things are looking a little more positive," Ms Griffiths said.

The release of many films in April and May has been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis, but Narooma Kinema owner Jade Griffiths urges film buffs to stay tuned.

She said the postponement would greatly affect the cinema's numbers, and with customers already avoiding public places, she might be forced to close doors temporarily in the coming weeks.

She said the kinema was much quieter.

"A lot of people are being cautious, which we understand," she said.

Staff have asked patrons not to come to the cinema if you are sick, to wash hands frequently, select seats furthest away from other people and avoid using cash.

She said some overseas distributors were renting films to consumers online, but in Australia, distributors were postponing many releases until September.

"I'm trying to have a positive mindset, to put some plans into place and strategise," she said. "You've just got to bite the bullet.

"We hope people support us when it is safe again, and keep an eye out for which movies are coming back.

"With so many films postponed, we will have stronger program later."

Ms Griffiths only took the reins of the business from her grandparents on November 28, not long before the region faced bushfires.

"I was optimistic we could bounce back during the Easter period," she said.

"I don't think anyone was expecting this situation."

Narooma Kinema is a heritage-listed building operating since 1928.

Narooma Kinema is a heritage-listed building operating since 1928.

Ms Griffiths recommended staying clear from watching apocalyptic films during this time.

She recommended watching your favourites, especially those more uplifting.

"My personal favourite is 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'," she said.

"Otherwise stick to classic comedies."

More information, go to www.naroomakinema.com

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