Cinema is a hit for the holidays

SCHOOL students across central Victoria finished the first semester of the school year on June 27.

For many, this presented numerous opportunities to explore the holiday activities the Bendigo region has to offer.

The school holidays combined with some pretty dreary weather conditions prompted many children and their families to flock to the Bendigo Cinemas. 

"There has been a steady flow of movie-goers these holidays." Bendigo Cinema general manager Ron Bolitho said. 

He said the most popular movies had been Rio 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 2

Joseph McMahon and his family, of Strathdale, visited the Bendigo cinemas during the school holidays, and they watched How to Train Your Dragon 2

"I enjoyed the movie. It had lots of action in it," Joseph said.

Joseph certainly had a very busy holiday break as he had also visited Bounce in Melbourne. 

"Bounce was also great fun," he said. 

However Joseph is undecided when it comes to returning to school. 

"Towards the end of the holidays it can get a little boring at home, and I would like to see all of my friends again," Joseph, 12, said.

Gary Kervin and his three boys from Leitchville were also present at the cinemas to watch the movie. 

They had just returned from three days camping in bitterly cold temperatures.

Gary said he was treating the boys to some temporary warmth and popcorn inside the cinema. 

The boys - James, 14, Jack, 12, and Walter, 8 - said while the weather was bad, it was a good time to watch a movie at the cinema.

The City of Greater Bendigo cancelled a family fun day in Hargreaves Mall on Wednesday due to wet weather. 

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- Mitchell Bench is a student at Highview College, Maryborough



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