Vue cinemas has announced that it will be reopening in select cities within days.
The national chain was one of many forced to closed down at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring. Since that time, it's been working on a plan to comply with government advice so a reopening could occur.
Now, Vue will move forward with a phased reopening of cinemas across the country starting on Friday, August 7. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here starting today (Thursday, July 30).
The phased reopening starts with 10 locations: Bromley, Cheshire Oaks, Cramlington, Doncaster, Edinburgh Ocean, Farnborough, Islington, Manchester Lowry, Oxford and West Shepherd's Bush.
Vue says enhanced safety protocol will be put in place at these locations, including encouraging online booking, physical distancing in seating, reduced touch points in the cinema locations, staggered film times and stringent cleaning and PPE policies for staff.
This announcement comes days after it was announced that director Christopher Nolan is moving ahead with the international release of his blockbuster Tenet on Wednesday, August 26.
Nolan has pulled the movie from the US release calendar because COVID-19 cases are still surging across the pond, but currently remains committed to the film being released in other markets next month.
Vue also plans to supplement its line-up of upcoming releases — like Wonder Woman 1984 and The King's Man — by reshowing classics such as the Harry Potter series, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes as well as Nolan films Batman Begins, Inception and Dunkirk.
Ticket sale information for those retrospective screenings will be announced as and when they are scheduled by Vue in the coming months.
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