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Blood moon rising

MORNINGTON Peninsula Astronomical Society members and keen moon watchers gathered at The Briars Astronomy Centre in Mt Martha last Wednesday evening (31 January) to witness the total lunar eclipse on the second full moon of the month. At first, the mood was somewhat subdued as the cloud cover was heavy but at about 10pm the skies cleared revealing the beginning of the Penumbral Eclipse. Over the next four hours, the shadow of the earth gradually encroached between the moon and the sun, changing the colour of the moon to a blood red. By 1am, most people had called it a night leaving a few diehards to watch the end of the eclipse in the cool night air under the Milky Way. Keep watching the skies: Tony Nightingale sets up a telescope to get ready for the eclipse. Picture: Gary Sissons

Booze pitch for cinema Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au HOYTS Frankston wants permission to sell alcohol to moviegoers in all of its cinemas. The cinema chain company has applied to Frankston Council for a liquor licence so booze can be sold to cinemagoers at screenings of movies in all 12 of its screening rooms at the Bayside Entertainment Complex in Wells St. Hoyts says the plan to sell alcohol

at Frankston screenings follows the rollout of the same business model at other Hoyts cinemas including Broadmeadows, Forest Hill, Chadstone and Melbourne Central. Sophie Kusznirczuk, of Contour Town Planners, representing Hoyts, addressed councillors at the latest public council meeting last Monday (29 January) to answer questions about the proposal to sell alcoholic drinks at movie screenings. Several councillors voiced misgiv-

ings about alcohol being widely sold to cinema patrons in Frankston amid concerns about a loss of “a family-friendly experience” at cinemas in general. A council officers’ report recommended the liquor licence be granted to Hoyts Frankston subject to alcohol not being served at the screenings of movies rated G (general admission) or PG (parental guidance) before 6pm. Only people above the age of 18 who have bought a movie ticket or attending a function with movie screening will be

able to buy alcohol at Hoyts Frankston if the liquor licence is granted. Ms Kusznirczuk said the cinema chain has changed its business model across the country to compete against home viewing on larger TVs at cheaper prices and the recent surge of the online streaming of movies. She said Hoyts now wants to offer a “luxury cinema experience at general admission prices” in all of its cinemas, not just its LUX branded premium screening lounges.

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The Frankston cinema complex has been recently refurbished to install wider reclining chairs in all of its screening rooms reducing the total number of available seats from 2712 to 1073 seats across the 12 rooms. Hoyts studies at cinema complexes where the sale of alcohol in most screenings is now allowed found about 2 per cent of people buying cinema tickets also purchased alcohol while at the movies, according to Ms Kusznirczuk. Continued Page 6

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