Avatar 3D fans at Lismore Cinema from left, Matty McInnes, 16, of Goonellabah, Emily Koskela, 15, Bridie Robinson, 16, Bonnie Goodger, 16, and Krystle Manning, 16, all of Evans Head.
Avatar 3D fans at Lismore Cinema from left, Matty McInnes, 16, of Goonellabah, Emily Koskela, 15, Bridie Robinson, 16, Bonnie Goodger, 16, and Krystle Manning, 16, all of Evans Head. DAVID NIELSEN

Avatar biggest Lismore movie ever

MOVIES shown in 3D are making a comeback, with Avatar shaping up to be the biggest movie Birch Carroll and Coyle cinemas in Lismore have screened.

Lismore Birch Carroll and Coyle general manager Brian Rose said more than 20,000 people had seen Avatar since the movie opened on December 17.

“A lot of people have come back a second and third time, and we’ve filled every screening,” he said.

“For a lot of people in the area, it’s their first experience seeing a 3D movie. It’s an event to see it.”

Avatar yesterday became the highest grossing movie of all time in Australia, beating Titanic, also directed by James Cameron, and Mr Rose said the latest 3D movie would likely become the biggest they have screened.

“The other one was Titanic, which we ran for at least three months, but with Avatar, we’ve had more people in such a short time,” he said.

“We’ll still be playing Avatar into February.”

The news pleased 16-year-old moviegoers Bonnie Goodger and Bridie Robinson.

“The last 3D movie I watched was SpyKids,” Bridie said.

“The red and blue glasses were seedy, they were just paper and cellophane. The new glasses are way better.”

Bridie was watching the movie for the second time yesterday, and planned to see it ‘another two times’.

Mr Rose said the movie’s popularity meant other cinemas had run out of 3D glasses, and Lismore was currently re-using the glasses after sanitising them.

Mr Rose said a contract with a Brisbane company to sterilise and repackage the glasses would be finalised.

“We have a sterilising solution we have to use, but this won’t be something that’s ongoing,” he said.

Bridie and Bonnie weren’t fazed by re-using the glasses.

“As long as they clean them it’s fine,” Bonnie said.



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