There are many things that people have missed about normal life over the past year, including going to the movies.
Getting lost in the escape of a brilliant film is always a thrill, especially during difficult times, so fans here will be delighted to see that UK cinemas are returning very soon.
Of course, things won't be exactly as you remembered and steps must be taken to ensure a safe experience for everyone in attendance, but there are plenty of great releases to look forward to.
The guidelines have changed a lot since the last theaters opened, and the rules can always change as we've seen over the past 12 months. The government's current plan calls for open-air cinemas to open as early as April 2021, while indoor cinemas will open on Monday, May 17. There is no news yet for Wales or Northern Ireland.
Not every cinema chain will open on May 17th, some are working on their own “roadmap”.
Cineworld and Picturehouse have now confirmed that they will reopen on May 17th. To see what security measures have been taken, visit Cineworld website . While the cinemas were closed, the accounts of My Cineworld customers were extended for the period of the closure.
Odeon has not yet confirmed the date of their cinemas reopening, but it looks like it will be May 21st based on the first few films they have listed in their theaters. Cinemas include: Trafford Center, Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza, Luxe Epson, Norwich, Milton Keynes Stadium, Bournemouth BH2, Luxe Lee Valley, Luxe Warrington, Port Solent and Luxe Durham.
You can subscribe to Odeon's email to be informed of the opening hours of your local cinemas.
The Showcase Cinema chain will also reopen on the government meeting, May 17th.
Vue has not yet announced its reopening date. Vue has guides on face masks and distancing website .
The BFI has announced that it will reopen on May 17th.
Curzon is slated to open on May 17th according to government guidelines. Mayfair, Richmond, Wimbledon and Sheffield will open on June 4th. Ticket sales begin on May 10th.
While most major cinema chains have some financial security, it is much more difficult for independent venues that have been completely without business for many weeks.
Due to the lower visitor frequency that these smaller cinemas already receive compared to the huge multiplexes, many have decided to reopen their doors a little later. Check your local cinema website for reopening dates.
The UK Cinema Association released a document last year called Cinemas which provides guidance on how to reopen venues during the pandemic: Protecting workers and customers during COVID-19 .
The advice includes measures to implement social distancing at each location, both in the foyer and in the lecture halls.
It also recommends an improved cleaning program and the addition of antibacterial hand gel stations for customers, as well as plastic umbrellas at contact points such as the box office and refreshment stand.
The document indicates that online booking, contactless payment, and e-tickets are widely used to minimize customer-employee contact.
In addition, film screenings should be strategically planned to allow for more thorough cleaning between shows and to prevent crowds from gathering in the corridors.
Each cinema has also shared its own precautions and instructions online, with face masks, distancing and hand washing in the lobby.
The standard instructions for all cinemas are:
Now that the theaters are expected to reopen, the theatrical release dates will be updated again. So what is on offer?
Here is a list of the upcoming UK release dates for the films that were either postponed or scheduled for release when theaters reopen on May 17th.
Monday 17th May
Friday May 21st
Friday May 28th
Friday 4th June
Friday June 11th
Friday June 18th
Friday June 25th
Friday July 2nd
Friday July 9th
Friday July 16
Friday 23rd July
Friday 6th August
Friday 13th August
Friday 20th August
Friday, August 27th
Friday 3rd September
Friday September 10th
Wednesday September 15th
Friday 17th September
Thursday September 30th
Dates are accurate as of May 4th, but are subject to government reopening policies.advertising
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