Ex-schoolmates with shared interest reunite at the movies

Movie goers Muhammad Nabil Idrus, 18. (middle) Muhammad Irfan Imdhadhullah, 18. (right) Muhammad Faris muqri azmy, 18. (left) checking out for the latest movie on screen. - Starpic By: ZAINUDUN AHAD/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: After a three-month lapse, a group of friends celebrated their reunion by going to the cinemas, something they have been longing for.

Eighteen-year-olds Muhammad Nabil Idrus, Muhammad Irfan Imdhadhullah and Muhammad Faris Muqri Azmy said they often see each other after completing their secondary school last year. But it all came to a halt when the MCO was enforced.

“We used to hang out often and go for movies at least three times a month. When the MCO started, we only kept in touch via social media.

“This is our first meeting after the MCO was eased and the first thing that came to mind was to catch up with the movies we’ve missed, ” said Muhammad Nabil.

He said they didn’t mind having to sit apart in the cinema and the movie experience wasn’t affected.

“The seats feel more spacious now and we only discuss the movie after it’s over, ” he added.

The trio were spotted queuing up to browse for movies available at Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) in Queensbay Mall yesterday.

Muhammad Irfan said that while they were grateful to meet again, they would soon separate for further studies.

“All three of us are going our separate ways, to three different colleges in August. We have only a month left to catch up with each other, ” he said.

GSC public relations and branding manager Sharmine Ishak said the company has received positive response since reopening on July 1.

“Many people came to watch reruns which are priced at only RM5 per ticket despite some shows already available on streaming platforms. The good turnout gave us an indication that customers are confident of the safety measures we’ve put in place.

“We’ve not raised the price of standard tickets despite the social distancing requirements causing us to reduce 50% seating capacity, ” he said.

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