Yesterday, May 29, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new lockdown measures that would start from Monday, June 1.

This includes the phased reopening of schools, car showrooms and outdoor markets.

Non-essential retail business such as clothes and shoe shops will be allowed to open from June 15.

But he didn’t mention anything about other businesses, such as cinemas and theatres.

In the UK cinemas have been closed since the middle of March due to the coronavirus lockdown.

But on May 11 the government published guidance which details when they will be able to open.

Cinemas are included in step three of the plan to ease lockdown restrictions.

The government confirmed that the easiest they will be able to open is July 4.

But what are the UK’s main cinema chains planing when it comes to opening? Here is what has been said so far.

Odeon

Odeon
Odeon closed mid-March

Odeon cinemas hasn’t officially announced its reopening plans.

On Odeon’s website, it has updated film fans: “Following the government guidelines, Odeon cinemas are closed until further notice. If you have pre-booked tickets online, these will be refunded automatically.”

The statement continued: “We look forward to welcoming you back soon.”

However, it has confirmed to Deadline that it’s aiming to reopen in “early July”.

A spokesperson said: “We are working closely with national cinema associations and governments as we introduce additional health and safety protocols across all of our sites.

“These new protocols have been introduced to reassure our guests and ensure that they can enjoy the cinema experience in the safest and most controlled environment.”

Vue

Vue cinema
Vue aims to open on July 4

Vue has confirmed it is aiming to open on July 4.

The company said in a statement: “We have been liaising closely with authorities across Europe to design operating procedures that can provide the degree of social distancing required and allow an experience for our customers and staff that is as safe as possible.

“We look forward to working further with the government and the UK Cinema Association in the coming days to demonstrate the specific steps we will take in the UK, including physically isolating family groups through our online booking systems, staggering film times to maintain social distancing and operate responsibly, and introducing enhanced cleaning and employee-protection protocols.”

Cineworld

Cineworld
Cineworld hopes to open in July

Cineworld has said it hopes to open in July.

In a statement to investors, via The Guardian, it said: “Cineworld currently anticipates that government restrictions related to cinemas will be lifted in each of its territories by July.

“Subject to this and confirmation of the schedule for film releases, Cineworld anticipates the reopening of all its cinemas in July.”

On its website, Cineworld said: “We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all of our employees and guests.

“We deeply value our movie-loving customers and their health and wellbeing is our number one priority during this difficult time.

“We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible to enjoy a full slate of film releases.”

Showcase

Showcase Cinemas says it is “working towards” being able to open from July 4.

On its website, it updated film fans: “Throughout the Coronavirus outbreak, our staff and customers’ health has been and will be our top priority.

“During the last few weeks, we have implemented COVID-19 prevention staff training, increased cleaning of surfaces and introduced new staff/customer hygiene practices.

“We were also one of the first cinema chains to introduce a 50% reduction in audience capacity to allow for social distancing during shows.”