When movie theatres reopened after lockdown in New South Wales last year, I was apprehensive. Though I wanted to support my favourite cinemas and mainline choc tops, it was quite some time before I braved one. But when the virus seemed under control for long enough, I threw caution to the possibly contaminated wind and saw Promising Young Woman with a friend.
Being in a cinema was a heady mix of weird and wonderful. Everything seems as it was before but little things make it clear we’re not in Kansas any more. There are demarcated lines going into and out of different areas and social distancing markers all along the floors. The candy bar is a sliver of its former self, with more hand sanitiser than popcorn and, at least at the time, everyone wearing masks.