Cineworld and Picturehouse delay re-opening plans to end of July
Cineworld has announced that it will be delaying the re-opening of its cinemas until the end of the month.
Cinemas across the UK have been closed to the public since the middle of March amid the coronavirus pandemic, but have been given the go-ahead to re-open from July 4th with new social distancing measures in place.
Cineworld, which also runs the Picturehouse chain, had been due to open up on July 10th, but has now delayed the re-opening until July 31st.
The delay has been triggered by the moving of two of July's planned blockbusters. Christopher Nolan's Tenet, which is now out on August 12th, and Disney's Mulan, which now will be released on August 21st.
A spokesperson for the chain said in a statement: "In line with recent changes to upcoming film release dates, we have made the decision to move our re-opening date to July 31. We hope that we will be able to re-open the doors of all Cineworld cinemas across the U.K. and Ireland at that time, subject to U.K. government restrictions. With the on-going pandemic, this new date remains subject to final confirmation."
By contrast, Showcase Cinemas and Odeon look set to re-open on July 4th, with Vue following just under a week later on July 10th.
Odeon have confirmed that each screening will have a limited number of seats for sale and a guarantee of unoccupied seats to maintain social distancing.
Customers will be able to pre-order most snacks and drinks, but pick and mix and ice cream will be unavailable.