Odeon cinemas announce plan for phased reopening from 4 July

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/06/23: The Odeon Luxe cinema sign in London. British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced that cinemas can reopen in England from July 4 as restrictions of the Coronavirus Lockdown ease. (Photo by Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
The Odeon Luxe cinema sign in London. (Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Odeon cinema chain has revealed its plans for a phased reopening from 4 July following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions across England.

The UK’s largest cinema chain will reopen ten venues on 4 July – the earliest date cinemas can reopen from – with comprehensive new measures in place designed to meet Government guidelines and keep staff and customers safe. The chain plans to open a further 88 UK cinemas by 16 July.

A mix of recent and remastered classics will be screened by the chain when they open their doors for the first time since they were closed mid-March. Titles customers will be able to buy tickets for from today (25 June) include 1917, Empire Strikes Back, re-released and remastered in 4k for its 40th anniversary, Sonic the Hedgehog and Onwards, Little Women, Bad Boys for Life, Dirty Dancing and The Greatest Showman.

Measures in place to meet the government’s social distancing guidelines include contactless payments, “grab and go” pre-packages snacks and drinks, limited seating plans, staggered show times, frequent cleaning, sanitiser stations, and PPE for the staff.

Darth Vader implores Luke to turn to the Dark Side of the Force. (Lucasfilm)
Darth Vader implores Luke to turn to the Dark Side of the Force. (Lucasfilm)

Odeon’s plans follow Cineworld and Picturehouse’s recent announcement that it would reopen from 10 July, as will Vue cinemas. Showcase cinemas will also reopen from 4 July.

Carol Welch, Managing Director UK & IRE said: “We are excited to confirm that from 4 July, our UK cinemas will begin reopening. We’ve carefully planned every step of our guest journey and put safety measures in place that will enable our highly trained colleagues to provide a controlled and safer cinema experience for all our guests.

“New measures include social distancing in our auditoriums and foyers, additional cleaning regimes, and a request to book tickets online prior to arrival. We would like to thank our colleagues and guests for their patience during this period, and we can’t wait to welcome guests back to big screen entertainment and a safer cinema experience.”

The reopening dates for each Odeon cinema are below:

Reopening dates:

Saturday 4 July (tickets on sale from 25 June)

  1. ODEON Trafford Centre

  2. ODEON Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza

  3. ODEON Luxe Epsom

  4. ODEON Norwich

  5. ODEON Milton Keynes Stadium

  6. ODEON Bournemouth BH2

  7. ODEON Luxe Lee Valley

  8. ODEON Luxe Warrington

  9. ODEON Port Solent

  10. ODEON Luxe Durham

Friday 10 July (tickets on sale from 25 June)

  1. ODEON Liverpool ONE

  2. ODEON Metrocentre

  3. ODEON Silverlink

  4. ODEON Guildford

  5. ODEON Luxe Liverpool Switch Island

  6. ODEON Chatham

  7. ODEON Luxe Telford

  8. ODEON Luxe Tamworth

  9. ODEON Luxe Maidenhead

  10. ODEON Luxe Derby

  11. ODEON Luxe Leicester

  12. ODEON Mansfield

  13. ODEON Luxe Hull

  14. ODEON Tunbridge Wells

  15. ODEON Luxe Bromborough

  16. ODEON Beckenham

  17. ODEON Luxe Stafford

Monday 13 July (tickets on sale from 25 June)

  1. ODEON Luxe Aylesbury

  2. ODEON Brighton

  3. ODEON Colchester

  4. ODEON Hatfield

  5. ODEON Coventry

  6. ODEON Kettering

  7. ODEON Kingston

  8. ODEON Luxe Leeds Thorpe

  9. ODEON Luxe Leeds-Bradford

  10. ODEON Luxe Leicester Square

  11. ODEON Lincoln

  12. ODEON Luxe Nuneaton

  13. ODEON Trowbridge

  14. ODEON Rochdale

  15. ODEON Chelmsford

  16. ODEON Surrey Quays

  17. ODEON Taunton

  18. ODEON Birmingham New Street

  19. ODEON Blackpool

  20. ODEON Camden

  21. ODEON Northwich Baron Quays

  22. ODEON West Brom

  23. ODEON Greenwich

  24. ODEON Hereford

  25. ODEON Huddersfield

  26. ODEON Orpington

  27. ODEON Salisbury

  28. ODEON Covent Garden

  29. ODEON Uxbridge

  30. ODEON Wimbledon

  31. ODEON Oxford George Street

Wednesday 15 July (tickets on sale from 25 June)

  1. ODEON Luxe Glasgow Quay

  2. ODEON Dunfermline

  3. ODEON Luxe Dundee

  4. ODEON Luxe East Kilbride

  5. ODEON Braehead

  6. ODEON Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird

  7. ODEON Luxe Edinburgh West

  8. ODEON Kilmarnock

Thursday 16 July (tickets on sale from 25 June)

  1. ODEON Luxe & Dine Islington

  2. ODEON Oldham

  3. ODEON Oxford Magdalen Street

  4. ODEON Preston

  5. ODEON Richmond

  6. ODEON Southampton

  7. ODEON Stoke

  8. ODEON Streatham

  9. ODEON Luxe Swiss Cottage

  10. ODEON Bath

  11. ODEON Dudley

  12. ODEON Worcester

  13. ODEON Southend

  14. ODEON Great Northern

  15. ODEON Andover

  16. ODEON Banbury

  17. ODEON Basingstoke

  18. ODEON Bristol

  19. ODEON Tottenham Court Road

  20. ODEON Luxe Darlington

  21. ODEON Dorchester

  22. ODEON Exeter

  23. ODEON Harrogate

  24. ODEON Hastings

  25. ODEON Loughborough

  26. ODEON Newark

  27. ODEON Crewe

  28. ODEON Luxe Putney

  29. ODEON Luxe Sheffield

  30. ODEON South Woodford

  31. ODEON Swadlincote

  32. ODEON Luxe Haymarket