Palace Cinemas have now cancelled the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival at its Byron Bay cinemas amid the ongoing concern and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘It’s with much sadness that we advise the Byron Bay Alliance Francaise French Film Festival has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns around the impact of COVID-19, the Coronavirus,’ said a spokesperson for Palace Cinemas.
‘The 31st Alliance Francaise French Film Festival at Byron Bay was due to begin next Tuesday 31 March and continue until April 12, however, given the recent directive by the Prime Minister to ban all non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people, along with continuing concerns about the health and safety of our staff and patrons, Alliance Francaise Brisbane and our venue partner Palace Cinemas have made the difficult decision to cancel the event.
‘We are grateful to have such a loyal and enthusiastic film-loving community who have supported us year on year and, with your assistance, we hope to be back bigger and better in 2021.’
For those who have booked online representatives of Palace Cinemas will soon contact you and for those who have made in person bookings contact Palace Byron Bay by phone 6680 8555, in person or via email [email protected] with images of their tickets.
‘We are truly thankful to any patrons who choose not to request a refund and instead donate the cost of their ticket back to the Festival as it will help us cover the immense costs associated with running the event,’ said the spokesperson.
‘Please be aware that there may be a delay in getting through all the requested refunds, so we thank you in advance for patience and understanding.
‘Our thoughts and sympathies are with all businesses and individuals across the world who are dealing with this unprecedented crisis. May we remain safe and do our best to look after ourselves and our fellow humans.’