Cinemas across England, Scotland and Wales will be allowed to reopen from Monday 17 May.

For the first time in months, film fans will be able to watch the latest releases on the big screen.

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed the third stage of the government's roadmap to easing lockdown can go ahead as planned on Monday.

Theatres, hotels and hostels will be allowed to reopen alongside cinemas, while pubs and restaurants can resume indoor service.

Up to six people from different households will be allowed to socialise inside, and groups of up to 30 can gather outdoors.

Which cinemas are reopening?

On 17 May, Vue will be reopening all 88 venues, while ODEON has said it is welcoming customers back to the "vast majority" of its sites.

Vue cinema
Vue will open all of its venues in England, Scotland and Wales on Monday

Cineworld will open its doors two days later, on Wednesday 19 May.

Customers will have to follow new rules to minimise the risk of Covid spreading between guests.

What are the rules?


Social distancing will be in place, with physically distanced seating. This means there will be unoccupied seats between parties.

Film start times will be staggered, to prevent crowds and queues gathering in foyers, and only pre-packaged food and drinks will be on sale. Cash will not be accepted.

Customers are encouraged to book tickets online where possible, to reduce contact with staff.

Face coverings are required in ODEON cinemas, but once customers are in their seats they can remove these to enjoy food and drink.

Mother and son at an ODEON cinema
The majority of ODEON cinemas are reopening on 17 May

NHS Test and Trace is mandatory, so visitors will either need to scan in with the app, or sign in leaving their contact details.


Vue requires customers to wear face masks at all times (even when they're in their seats) unless they are eating or drinking.

Online booking is recommended, and measures have been put in place to make cinema visits as contactless as possible. Screen doors will be left open until the film starts, so customers do not need to touch the handle.

Physically distanced seating will be in place, and screens will be throughly disinfected between films.

Contactless payments will be encouraged, instead of cash.


Cineworld customers must wear a face mask at all times (unless they are eating or drinking), and physically distanced seating will be in place to ensure there is space between different households.

Film start and end times will be staggered, and contactless payments are encouraged.

High touch points, like door handles and arm rests, will be frequently sanitised, and perspex screens will be erected in areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain.