CINEMAS IN LONDON ARE RE-OPENING
Whilst lockdown has given us the chance to get through all the movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime that we’ve been meaning to watch for ages, we’re ready to get back in front of a big screen again – we’ve got our eyes on the new Christopher Nolan flick and the live-action remake of Mulan. And we won’t have that much longer to wait as many cinemas in London are prepping for a July re-opening, with social distancing and safety measures in place of course. That means queues and one-way systems to get in and out of the screens; space between seats and rows; lots hand sanitiser stations; and contactless payments and perspex screens at tills.
The bigger chains, like Picturehouses and Cineworld, will be opening first as it’s easier to implement social distancing measures in larger buildings, but there are some indie cinemas that will also be welcoming people back in July. We’ve got a list of venues and dates below, which we’ll be updating.
Odeon – Odeons in England will start to open from 4th July. Camden, Wimbledon and Covent Garden, the first central London on 13th July with Islintgton, Richmond, Swiss Cottage, Tottenham Court Road and Haymarket on 16th July.
Picturehouses – All Picturehouses in England, including the 12 locations in London, will be re-opening on 31st July.
Cineworld – All Cineworld cinemas in England will be re-opening on 31st July.
Vue – 72 of the 91 Vue cinemas in the UK will opening on 10th July, so double check with your local before you head down.
Curzon – the Mayfair cinema will be the first Curzon to open on 24th July, with the opening of the other venues staggered across the rest of July and August.
Everyman – The Barnet and Hampstead Everyman cinemas will re-open on 4th July with more London locations to follow in the coming weeks.
Genesis – the Whitechapel cinema is currently the only indie set to open of 4th July.
The Castle – There isn’t a confirmed date yet but the Hackney cinema is prepping to re-open in time for the release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet on 31st July.
Peckhamplex – The Peckham cinema is planning for a July re-opening although there is no official date; instead the team will decide on health and safety grounds.