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When will UK Cinemas reopen?

Our beleaguered big screens are finally set to begin reopening as we gladly welcome back that feeling of escapism like no other. I think we can all safely say that the feeling of simple spaced-out phone-off escapism, taking in trailers, enormous drinks, extortionately overpriced snacks, and, of course, a movie, has been sorely missed. 

As per the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, outdoor cinemas have been open since April 12th. Indoor cinema’s in England and Scotland are due to reopen on May 17th with Wales and Northern yet to formally make an announcement. 

But what about your local cinema? Below, we’re taking a look at when many of the biggest franchises in the UK as well as independents or set to part the curtain—and we’ve even got a few picks of what’s on.

When will independent cinemas reopen in the UL?

Independent venues can reopen on May 17th and the majority of notable independents are choosing to do so.

Social distancing policies vary per venue and, with that, regulations on capacity within venues may be introduced.

Cinemas can reopen on May 17th in the UK. (Credit: Pixabay)

When will Odeon cinemas reopen?

Odeon cinemas have confirmed that they will reopen “the vast majority” of its UK sites on May 17th despite a film shortage. At present, it is unclear which of the 120 UK sites are not included in “that vast majority” but more is likely to follow. 

Ticket sales will be limited to allow for social distancing and cash will not be accepted at the box office.

Masks also have to be worn unless you are eating or drinking. 

When will Cineworld cinemas reopen in the UK?

Cineworld, and its sister chain Picturehouse, will all reopen on May 17th.

The chain has also announced that they have a ‘Cinema First’ deal with Warner Brothers to ensure that new releases will hit the big screen before appearing on streaming services. 

No specific social distancing rules have been announced other than the usual adhere to guidelines. 

UK cinemas prepare to reopen in May. (Credit: Myke Simon)

When will Vue cinemas reopen? 

Vue cinemas have also confirmed they will reopen all of their 88 UK picture houses on May 17th and tickets are already available for pre-order for opening week now. 

The cinemas will operate with “physically distanced seating” and “reduced touchpoints”.

When will Everyman cinemas reopen?

Everyman is another chain that has announced all of its outlets will reopen on May 17th as planned. Food will also be served as per usual.

No specific social distancing measures have been mentioned. 

What films can you watch in the opening weeks? 

  • 17th May 2021 – Nomadland (Best Picture, Lead Actress & Director Winner)
  • 21st May 2021 – Peter Rabbit 2
  • 28th May 2021 – Cruella 
  • 28th May 2021 – The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It
  • 4th June 2021 – A Quiet Place: Part II
  • 11th June 2021 – The Father (Best Lead Actor Winner – Sir Anthony Hopkins)
Nomadland will finally hit the cinemas. (Credit: Searchlight Pictures)

What are the biggest movie releases coming to cinemas this year?

  • 25th June 2021 – In The Heights
  • 9th July 2021 – Black Widow
  • 9th July 2021 – Fast & Furious 9
  • 30th July 2021 – Jungle Cruise
  • 6th August 2021 – The Suicide Squad
  • 13th August 2021 – Free Guy
  • 27th August 2021 – Candyman
  • 3rd September 2021 – Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • 17th September 2021 – Dune (Dennis Villeneuve directs retelling of classic Frank Herbert novel.)
  • 17th September 2021 – Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  • 30th September 2021 – No Time To Die (The latest, much-delayed, James Bond instalment.)
  • 15th October 2021 – Halloween Kills
  • 29th October 2021 – Last Night In Soho
  • 5th November 2021 – Eternals
  • 12th November 2021 – Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Starring the old crew alongside Stranger Things sensation, Finn Wolfhard et al.) 
  • 19th November 2021 – Top Gun: Maverick (Yes, Tom Cruise is in it.)
  • 10th December 2021 – West Side Story (Steven Spielberg’s take on the classic musical.)
  • 17th December 2021 – Spider-Man: No Way Home
  • 22nd December 2021 – The King’s Man
  • 24th December 2021 – The Matrix 4

What else will be on when cinemas reopen? 

With limited releases coming from the beleaguered film world, many cinemas have bolstered their rosters with screenings of old classics. Vue, for example, will be showing Lord of The Rings and Grease alongside new releases.

Many venues will also be showing sports finals like the forthcoming Champions League as greedy ESL villains vie for European redemption.