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Hot summer a boon for outdoor cinemas

THE early hot start to summer has helped support good ticket sales in Perth’s outdoor cinema venues this summer including the previously unpopular Joondalup Pines.

Changes to outdoor cinema programs and increased awareness of the new metropolitan venues has attracted big numbers to Sunset Cinema in Kings Park, Mosman Park’s Camelot and Luna’s Outdoor Nextdoor in Leederville.

“The audiences are very hard to predict, but if it’s hot people just want to get out,” said Luna promotions manager Mr Bective.

THE 2001 Lotteries Film Season at the Somerville auditorium is boasting record ticket sales in spite of increased competition from the relative newcomers, Sunset Cinema, Camelot and Outdoor Nextdoor.

“It’s a boom time for outdoor cinema, its’ still growing and developing in Perth,” said Mr Bective.

The more general film program at the Somerville has attracted big audiences with their season opener, Purely Belter, grossing $60,000 for the first seven screenings.

“ Joondalup is also doing very well, the two-week season of Purely Belter, did really well up there with the big UK population” said Lotteries Film Season film manager Sherry Hopkins.

Sunset Cinema director David Chiddy reported a 30 per cent increase in sales for the fist four weeks of what is only Sunset Cinema’s third year.

Mr Chiddy believes Sunset Cinema has attracted a crowd of regular viewers who will return several times a season.

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