Major film screening chain Vue has announced plans to delay the reopening of UK cinemas.
While the UK government is continuing in its efforts to proceed with the reducing of lockdown measures, some major companies are not following suit. Vue, who was originally planning to reopen on July 10, has delayed plans by three weeks.
With social distancing measures to be in place for when doors do eventually open, Vue has taken the decision to put their opening ideas on ice following the news that Christopher Nolan’s eagerly anticipated new film Tenet has been delayed.
“Having taken comprehensive steps to safeguard our staff and customers, Vue is ready to welcome back customers to its UK cinemas to enjoy the escapism of the big screen experience,” Vue CEO Tim Richards said told Variety.
“We know from successfully re-opening cinemas across Europe […] 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 added: “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.”