IT IS a Boxing Day tradition becoming every bit as ingrained in Australian culture as eating leftovers from Christmas lunch while watching the cricket.
December 26 is the day when many of the year’s most anticipated Hollywood blockbusters finally hit the silver screens of cinemas around the country. This year releases such as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Disney’s latest animated feature, Frozen, have film aficionados in a frenzy.
Sisters Chloe and Lily Singh were thrilled to see Frozen as part of a post-Christmas reun-
ion with their friends from the Tamworth City Dance Academy.
Lily, 12, said while it was the first time she had been to Forum 6 Cinemas Tamworth on Boxing Day, she hoped to make it a family tradition.
“It’s really exciting,” she said. “I’m a dancer and all my dance friends are coming because over the holidays we don’t really see them.”
Forum 6 manager Grant Lee said Boxing Day was easily the cinema’s busiest day of the year and this year – perhaps more than ever – there was something to suit all tastes.
“This is when they always release the biggest movies of the year,” Mr Lee said.
“I’ve seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and that was a lovely story, and The Railway Man is very good as well.
“But the biggest this year is obviously The Hobbit.”
I remember when The Lord of the Rings films came out and The Hobbit is as big as those.”