It’s time to celebrate: Cinemas are back


It’s time to celebrate: Cinemas are back

With HOYTS Cinemas open again, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of a comfy chair, freshly popped popcorn and a new movie release. From a chick flick and cocktail with the girls to everyone's favourite date night out, here are the perfect combos to help you plan your next cinema trip, complete with the restaurants to match.

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Date Night:

Whether you’re looking for a first date idea or in need of some quality time with your partner, a candle-lit dinner at your favourite restaurant complemented by a new release is the perfect option (and one that has been off the cards for a while now).

Here are some of our top restaurant picks to set the scene and create a little bit of romance. Don’t forget to book in ahead of time to reserve your table.

Fox & Ferret
Fancy a hot meal in a warm atmosphere? The Fox & Ferret is the place to be.
The Fox & Ferret serves a range of delicious dishes from a hearty pub menu including the world famous Stonegrill and legendary sharing platters to set the romantic mood.

Royal Roasts
Royal Roasts serves you all the best factors of a loving home cooked meal without any of the hassles. With selections of chicken, pork, lamb, beef and a wide array of sides, Royal Roasts will warm your souls in the cold weather.

Poppy Thai
Transport yourselves to the bustling streets of Thailand. Poppy Thai Cuisine is well-known for being hot and spicy and for its balance of five fundamental flavours in each dish or the overall meal.

Now it’s time to end the night on a high - grab yourselves a choc top for dessert and head on in to view one of these releases:

Endings, Beginnings
Shailene Woodley (Divergent), Sebastian Stan (Avengers: Endgame) and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) wind up in a love triangle in this romance from Like Crazy director Drake Doremus.

The Invisible Man
Escaping her abusive partner, Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) confronts the prospect he's found a new way to torment her, one that no-one will believe.

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Lunch with the girls

Gather the girls together for a much-needed leisurely lunch. It’s good for the soul, and there’s an option for every group’s taste. Settle in for a lunch of the lengthy kind and let the food, wine and conversation flow at the following restaurants.

What’s better than lunch with the girls? A chick flick to follow. Perhaps even keep the food and wine flowing and upgrade to Gold Class. Here are the latest the girls will love:

The Hight Note
Dakota Johnson and Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross lead this Los Angeles music biz dramedy directed by Emmy nominee Nisha Ganatra.

The Devil Wears Prada
An oldie but a goodie. Revist the magic.

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Family night out:

For the ultimate family night out, you can’t beat the trusty combination of dinner and a crowd-pleasing new release. Our range of kid-friendly restaurants are guaranteed to make life easier no matter the occasion.

La Porchetta
Easy going atmosphere serving up traditional and gourmet pizzas, plus pasta dishes and Italian mains. La Porchetta is the perfect place for good quality Italian food and warm hospitality to take the stress out of your date. The passion for authentic, restaurant quality and handmade Italian food is the reason why La Porchetta was created and the kids will adore the child sizes and options.

Leave the entertaining to the big screen - popcorn for them, plus downtime for you, everyone wins. Welcome to the latest and greatest kids’ releases:

Trolls World Tour
Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick return for the all-star sequel to the 2016 DreamWorks hit CG-animated musical, Trolls.

A young, would-be superhero who hasn't yet learnt to harness his powers goes on a quest to realise his potential in this animated French adventure based on the TV series.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega that centres on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog. The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound human best friend.

Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs
Seven princes who have been turned into green dwarfs seek a kiss from a princess to break the spell. Made in South Korea, this CG-animated fairy tale features the voices of Chloë Grace Moretz and Sam Claflin.

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