Odeon confirms vast majority of its cinemas will reopen on May 17 with Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway lined up and No Time To Die later in the year but pick ‘n’ mix will still be off the menu
- The cinema chain said movie-goers will be able to visit some of its biggest sites
- These include London’s Leicester Square and Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Screenings will include new James Bond film No Time To Die when it comes out
Odeon has confirmed it will reopen the vast majority of its screens in the UK on May 17 – the first day on the Government’s road map when indoor venues can reopen in England.
The cinema chain said movie-goers will be able to visit some of its biggest sites including London’s Leicester Square and the Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza.
Screenings already lined up include the new James Bond film No Time To Die, which will be released on September 30 after numerous delays, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway and the latest instalment of the long-running Fast & Furious franchise.
But bosses will introduce strict social distancing measures and screens will be unable to be at full capacity.
The cinema chain said movie-goers will be able to visit some of its biggest sites including London’s Leicester Square and the Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza. Pictured: The new James Bond film
Screenings will include the new James Bond film No Time To Die, which has been delayed on numerous occasions due to the lockdown; Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway and the latest instalment of the long-running Fast & Furious franchise.
Screenings will be limited, including empty seats between groups of guests and staggered start times to reduce queues in foyers.
Customers will also be encouraged to book tickets online and order pre-packaged food and drink, while cash payments will no longer be allowed.
Hand sanitiser and gels will be available throughout the cinemas and each screen will undergo more rigorous cleaning between shows, the company added.
Bosses will introduce strict social distancing measures and screens will be unable to be at full capacity. Pictured: Odeon in Leicester Square last year
Cinema-goers will also have to wear a face covering although they will be allowed to remove them to eat or drink snacks, and masks will not be needed when sat in Odeon’s Costa outlets.
The chain pointed out that recent research from MetrixLab suggests strong pent-up demand for cinema in the UK, with a recent survey showing 59 per cent of people say cinema is one of the activities they miss the most – the highest level during the entire pandemic.
Which Odeon cinemas in England, Scotland and Wales will open on May 17?
- BFI IMAX (Waterloo)
- Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Bournemouth BH2
- Covent Garden
- Great Northern
- Lee Valley
- Leeds Bradford
- Leeds Thorpe Park
- Leicester Square
- Liverpool One
- Liverpool Switch Island
- Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newcastle East (Silverlink)
- Oxford George Street
- Port Solent
- South Woodford
- Surrey Quays
- Swiss Cottage
- Tottenham Court Road
- Trafford Centre
- Tunbridge Wells
- West Bromwich
- Glasgow Quay
- East Kilbride
- Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh West
- Edinburgh LR
- Wrexham Eagles Meadow
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