The rain forced huge crowds to escape to the movies in Coffs Harbour.
The rain forced huge crowds to escape to the movies in Coffs Harbour. Rob Wright

Dry family fun at the movies

TRY and visualise 60 kilograms of popping corn. Now, pop it. Then, visualise 50 litres of ice cream. Now, dip it in chocolate and chill. On a wet holiday Tuesday like yesterday, that’s what staff prepared for the hordes of people watching movies at the Bray Street Birch Carroll and Coyle cinemas.

“Today is the first busy day we’ve had. We’re sitting on 1800 at the moment and today we’ll probably see 2200 to 2300 people,” said Birch Carroll and Coyle’s Sue Amos.

“We had a quiet start to the holidays with everyone doing their Christmas shopping, apart from gift vouchers. Boxing Day was quiet, yesterday had a slow start, as it wasn’t until 2.30 in the afternoon they started to come in.

“Last year, we had record-breaking days with the bad weather and the Avatar opening – 2800 was the peak last year.

Coffs Harbour mirrored US box office results with Little Fockers the most popular holiday weekend movie, although comparisons end with the first place.

“Little Fockers is probably our biggest film, even though it’s rated M, its good for older children with families. People seem not to be able to resist Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in the Tourist, either. Both Little Fockers and The Tourist sold out at their last sessions. Gulliver’s Travels has done well.”

Among those emerging from cinemas were the Dawes and Winkler cousins, who saw new release Gulliver’s Travels with their family. “I thought it was really good. I reckon Jack Black played the part really well,” Millie Winkler, 9, said.

“He didn’t give up. He had a job in a mail room and they didn’t think he was very good, but he didn’t give up.

“I loved where his pants fell down and he fell back and a little dude fell into his ‘bum crack.’ It was really funny. I give the movie 10 out of 10,” Millie said.



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