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Cinemas hit hard by Covid-19 are calling for more Government support so audiences can return to the theatre when more blockbusters hit our shores.

“I think with the popularity of movie streaming online and the fact that people will be very hesitant to sit next to each other in a closed theatre environment – the cinema industry unfortunately needs to pivot fast to survive” Property Noise NZ

Auckland’s Academy Cinema has faced a major financial loss over the past year, fearing another lockdown (which in now here) could cause permanent closure.

“We’re going to work very hard to make sure we can keep our doors open, but it’s very on the edge for us,” says The Academy’s General Manager Gorjan Markovski.

He wants the Government to provide support to live cinema to ensure venues survive the uncertainty of the pandemic.