Safe cinema opens in a former prison in Australia

In Australia, the historic HM Pentridge prison in the Northern Melbourne suburb of Coburg has been converted into a cinema that will open in December, Lonely Planet reports.

The prison was established in 1851 and replaced Melbourne as the main detention facility and place of detention for the Metropolitan region. It officially closed in 1997. Some of its historic buildings are protected and listed on the Victorian heritage register.

The cinema with 15 screens and fully reclining seats will accommodate up to 1,100 guests.

They will apply all security measures to protect viewers from COVID-19. In particular, it is planned to distribute seats in a staggered order, which will allow friends and family members to sit together for two people.

Also, session times will be shortened to avoid “traffic jams” in the lobby. The building will have disinfectants at the entrances and near retail outlets and the ability to book or pay for tickets contactless or by phone.