Cinema chain Odeon has confirmed plans to open the “overwhelming majority” of its screens within the UK on 17 Might as lockdown guidelines ease.
Websites from Liverpool One to London’s Leicester Sq. might be among the many greater than 100 set to renew showings as indoor venues are allowed to reopen.
Movie releases pencilled in for this 12 months embrace the most recent James Bond instalment, No Time To Die, on the finish of September – after repeated delays attributable to cinema closures throughout the pandemic – and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.
Odeon mentioned that along with new releases it might be exhibiting a choice of “trendy and traditional titles”.
Rivals Cineworld and Showcase have already mentioned they plan to reopen in Might.
Odeon has greater than 120 cinemas within the UK and Eire.
It is going to open 92 in England, 10 in Scotland and 6 in Wales on 17 Might with one in Northern Eire following on 24 Might and 11 within the Republic of Eire on 7 June.
Cinemas won’t be allowed to refill, with some seats saved unoccupied as a way to meet social distancing guidelines.
Present begin occasions might be staggered to attempt to scale back queues and money will not be accepted.
Carol Welch, managing director of Odeon Cinemas Group UK, mentioned: “We have all missed the magic that the cinema brings to film watching, and we all know our friends are enthusiastic about coming again.”
Oden mentioned most of its 3,560 UK cinema employees had been furloughed throughout lockdown and there could be a “phased return” for them as venues put together to reopen.