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Cinemas reopening in UK: here’s a list

Cinemas were allowed to reopen on July 4 but most venues decided to remain closed. More cinema chains are now officially reopening their doors.

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list of cinemas reopening in UK

Most cinemas in UK are reopening their hall later in the summer, in order to follow safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid.

Cinemas venues are reopening their doors in UK

Many cinemas were allowed to reopen on mid-July and some partially did. Most chains preferred to postpone the reopening, in order to secure the safety measures for Covid: new cleaning protocols, online booking, protective gear for employees and of course social distancing. For this reason, the cinemas that have already reopened have offered limited screenings. Curzon has opened some of its sites, while they are planning to reopen many other venues in August. Vue has also announced it will reopen its venues in August.

Toby Bradon, territory general manager of Vue Entertainment in UK said:”The safety of those who work and visit our sites is paramount and we’ve therefore taken the time to ensure protocols and staff training are in line with the latest guidance ahead of opening.”

Vue cinemas reopening from August 7 include Doncaster, Oxford, Manchester, Farnborough, Edinburgh, Bromley and Westfield Shepherd’s Bush. Cineworld is ready to reopen on 31 July with 4DX screenings of Harry Potter. The chain’s spokesperson said: “4DX screenings have stimulating effects such as motion, water, wind, scent and lighting – timed with precision to enhance what’s happening on screen and combined with high-tech motion programming to move your seat in perfect synchronicity.” Here’s a complete list of the main confirmed cinema reopenings in the UK, as reported by ScreenDaily:

July 31

Cineworld cinemas
Further Odeon cinemas
Curzon Bloomsbury – England
Everyman Winchester, Bristol, Reigate, Crystal Palace, Maida Vale – England
Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge, England

August 1

Rex Cinema, Berkhamsted, England

August 7

Vue cinemas

August 14

Everyman Birmingham, Wokingham, Altrincham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Clitheroe, Walton On Thames, Baker Street – England (provisional date)

August 21

Everyman Muswell Hill, York, Manchester, Canary Wharf, Belsize Park, Broadgate, Screen On The Green, Lincoln (new opening) – England (provisional date)

August 26

Ciné Lumière, London, England

August 31

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland

September 1

BFI Southbank, London, England

September 4

HOME, Manchester, England

Already open

Odeon Cinemas x 22
Showcase Cinemas x 17

Abbeygate, Bury St Edmunds, England
Alexandra Cinema, Newton Abbot, England
Alhambra, Keswick, England
Arc Cinema, Great Yarmouth, England
Atrium, East Grinstead, England
Bellingham Film Palace, London, England
Bijou, Merseyside, England
Broadway, Douglas, Isle Of Man
Cinema de Lux, Coventry, England
Commodore, Isle of Wight
Curzon Canterbury, Mayfair, Richmond – England
Dorking Halls, Dorking, England
Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester, England
East Coast Cinema, Lowestoft
Everyman Esher, Barnet, Hampstead, Chelmsford, Gerrards Cross, Oxted, Chelsea, Stratford Upon Avon, Horsham, Kings Cross, Harrogate, Leeds – England
Film Theatre, Leiston, England
Genesis, London, England
Kinema In The Woods, Woodhall Spa, England
Kino Teatr, St Leonards on Sea, England
Loewen, Mablethorpe, England
Mallard Cinema, Forest, Guernsey
Odyssey, St Albans, England
Orpheus, Bristol, England
Palace Cinema, Felixstowe, England
Palace Cinema, Gorleston-on-Sea, England
Radway Cinema, Sidmouth, England
Red Carpet Cinema, Barton-under-Needwood, England
Regent Cinema, Blackpool, England
Ritz Cinema, Burnham on Sea, England
Savoy Cinema, Exmouth, England
Scott Cinema, Barnstaple, England
Scott Cinema, Bridgwater, England
Stafford Cinema, Stafford, England
Storyhouse, Chester, England
WTW Newquay, St Austell, Truro, Wadebridge – Cornwall, England
Zeffirellis, Ambleside, England

Freelance writer, collaborating with several online magazines in the UK and in Italy. She graduated in Media at Birkbeck, University of London, and since then collaborates with TV productions. 'I am passionate about human rights and about humans in general'.


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Freelance writer, collaborating with several online magazines in the UK and in Italy. She graduated in Media at Birkbeck, University of London, and since then collaborates with TV productions. 'I am passionate about human rights and about humans in general'.

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