One of Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest cinemas could reopen in July under plans announced by its operator today.
Cineworld Group Plc, along with all other ‘non-essential’ consumer businesses, was ordered to close by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on March 20 as the coronavirus lockdown came into effect.
But, after furloughing about 12,000 workers around the UK, the chain is preparing to reopen and has pencilled in Friday, July 10 for its opening day.
Disney’s live-action reboot of Mulan, alongside Christopher Nolan’s all-action spy drama Tenet, are among the titles scheduled for initial release.
Other blockbusters due to be screened during the summer include A Quiet Place Part II and No Time To Die.
Cineworld also stressed that they will have safety measures in place including social distancing, hand washing and E-ticketing where tickets will be available to book in advance on their website.
It will also schedule movie start times to make sure queues and crowds are avoided. Extra cleaning measures are coming into force too.
But the company has stressed that the opening date is subject to final clarifications.
A Cineworld spokesman said: “We are excited to announce that we are planning to reopen Cineworld Cinemas across England on 10 July 2020. The opening date is subject to final clarifications and confirmation in regards to UK government restrictions, with dates to follow for our cinemas in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
We know how much you’ve been missing the cinema and we are thrilled to be back! With great films ahead, including Mulan, Tenet, A Quiet Place Part II, No Time To Die and many more, we can’t wait to welcome you back to Cineworld.”
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