Vue joins Cineworld in delaying opening until the end of July
Vue has announced that it will be joining Cineworld in 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 yesterday (July 1st) announced that they were delaying the re-opening until July 31st.
Vue had been due to open on July 10th, but the chain's owners have now pushed that back until July 31st also.
In a statement given to Variety, Vue CEO Tim Richards said: "Having taken comprehensive steps to safeguard our staff and customers, Vue is ready to welcome back customers to its U.K. cinemas to enjoy the escapism of the big screen experience. We know from successfully re-opening cinemas across Europe — including some 70 sites in Germany, Denmark, Holland, Lithuania, Poland and Italy — that audiences after lockdown are itching to enjoy the big screen experience again, with the added reassurance of rigorous new operating protocols and appropriate physical distancing."
He continued: "We also want to offer a great choice of content for the big screen experience and, despite having many classic films and recent releases lined up to whet the appetite of cinema audiences this summer, the worldwide rescheduling of the release dates of ‘Mulan’ and ‘Tenet’ has prompted us to review our opening dates."
Though he didn't name it, another reason for Vue's delay may be down to the fact that new Russell Crowe drama, Unhinged, which was due to be the first new film to open after the pandemic, has been put back until July 31st.
Showcase Cinemas and Odeon are still set to open to the public on Saturday (July 4th).