Apollo Cinemas to reopen with Mulan

After more than five months, Samoa’s only cinema, Apollo Cinemas, is scheduled to re-open on Thursday with the premiere of the Disney action drama film, Mulan.

The Cinema's manager, Auree Westerlund, confirmed Apollo's re-opening in an interview with the Samoa Observer. 

She said that the reason behind months of business closure was not because of state of emergency conditions; it was due to difficulties with the box office providing Apollo Cinema with new releases.

“We have already contacted National Emergency Operations Center and Police and they have given us the info on the state of emergency rules,” she said.

Mrs. Westerlund added that they were advised to uphold social distancing requirements.

She also said that they won’t open on Sundays and be closed on most Mondays. 

“We will open with 'Mulan;, a Disney film which is a good family movie, and other new movies such as 'Tenet' and 'New Mutant'.

“We were supposed to open last week Thursday but due to the airfreight with the drive that had the movies we had to postpone it next week. We are also scheduling just the evening sessions to start off until Saturday which will be during the day.”

The cinema has been closed since March this year.

'Mulan' was supposed to be out on March but, because of [COVID-19] it was kept delayed until now.

"The only movies [we were] offered were old Disney films which we know most children have [... at home already ...] and it was not worth it for us to air freight the actual hard drive [containing the movie and...] we knew families won’t come. But now we have new films.”

Members of the public will be able to book their tickets on Wednesday for Thursday’s premiere.

Upcoming films include: 'Fatima' (17 September); 'After we Collided' (17 September); 'The Secret Garden' (24 September); 'Cats & Dogs 3' (24 September); 'Four Kids & IT' (24 September); and 'Wonder Woman' (1 October). 

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