In news that will no doubt cheer and delight movie lovers up and down the land, cinema bosses have announced that Cineworld is to reopen on the 31st of July 2020. The chain had originally planned to open on the 10th of July, however, the date has now been pushed back to the end of the month.
The change of date follows the rescheduling of two of the summer’s biggest blockbusters: Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and Disney’s remake of Mulan. Disney are now looking to release Mulan on the 21st of August while Tenet will be with us on the 12th of August. ‘Mulan.
The chain, which has been closed since the lockdown began in late March, has put into place a range of stringent health and safety procedures to ensure that visitors are safe while watching movies.
Measures include staggered screening times to minimise the likelihood of customers crossing paths, regular deep cleaning of customer areas, and plastic screens at tills. There will also be hand sanitiser stations throughout venues and cashless payments up to £45.
With regards to seating arrangements, Cineworld have confirmed that they will instigate social distancing measuring in all of their auditoriums. Family and groups will be able to sit together, but a minimum distance between each group will be maintained.
Cineworld are the world’s second largest cinema group in the world, with 102 cinemas in the UK alone. The company acquired Picturehouse in 2012, which added a further 26 cinemas to the company’s UK portfolio.
The cinema chain saw their share price fall dramatically during April and May this year, as the full extent of the Coronavirus Crisis became known. The price of Cineworld shares have rebounded sharply however following news of the chain’s reopening.
The news is not quite as good for cinephiles in the North of England, Wales, and Scotland however. Cineworld’s reopening plan applies to England only at present with the company still awaiting guidance as to when cinemas in other parts of Britain could safely reopen.
While Cineworld’s news will be greeted enthusiastically by movie goers, the cinema is still not certain about what movies will be on release when it opens its doors in early July. Studios rushed to cancel their big movie releases at the beginning pandemic, and it will be interesting to see if movies releases are now brought forward following Cineworld’s announcement.
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