Cinemas in Australia are aiming to reopen in July, with exhibitors describing the scheduled worldwide release of Christopher Nolan’s big-budget film Tenet as a “totem” guiding them towards re-emergence from the coronavirus shutdown.

The National Association of Cinema Operators, which represents the major chains, issued a statement late on Tuesday that said it was “enthusiastic about the prospect of reopening and is hopeful of conditions enabling it to do so in July”.

Christopher Nolan, left, on the set of his 2017 film Dunkirk with actor Kenneth Branagh.

Christopher Nolan, left, on the set of his 2017 film Dunkirk with actor Kenneth Branagh. Credit:AP

However, the association said operators will not reopen until the government advises it is safe to do so, and are likely to do so with reduced seating capacity because of social distancing measures.

Although the industry body has not indicated a precise date for reopening, several senior figures within the sector have indicated a target of July 16, the date Warner Bros has slated for Nolan’s high-concept time-travel action thriller, starring Robert Pattinson and John David Washington, the son of Denzel Washington.



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