CineCentre at GrandWest officially launches this week with an exclusive pre-screening of Bad Boys for Life, the third movie in the hugely popular Bad Boys franchise. The launch is significant as the CineCentre multiplex is owned by the Avalon Group that opened their first cinema in District Six 80 years ago. The Avalon became a focal meeting point of the community until the apartheid government forced the community to move. 

The Avalon cinema in District Six was not only the venue for weekly outings to see the latest films, for which people dressed up, but also hosted community events including meetings and public addresses of anti-apartheid movements, until the entire community was uprooted by the Group Areas Act. People lost their homes established generations before them. Many homes were razed to the ground and the Avalon suffered the same fate. 

The newly opened cinema at GrandWest is kitted with luxurious leather, reclining seats, newly installed screens, state-of-the-art digital projectors and complete surround sound. 

Bad Boys for Life featuring the duo of Marcus Burnett and Michael “Mike” Lowery and starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. In the latest iteration the duo seems to be coming apart. An aging Burnett has become a police inspector while Lowery, suffering a midlife crisis, is assigned to head up AMMO, a group of millennial cops with whom he has nothing in common. They reunite once again when a fierce cartel mob boss, whose brother they defeated years earlier, makes a retaliation effort on Mike just as both he and Marcus are about to officially retire.

“We are looking forward to the official launch of this iconic cinema at GrandWest,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “The cinema has all the latest features and we’re proud to host it at GrandWest.” 

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