Cinema chain Cineworld has announced that it is planning to re-open cinemas across the UK and US on 10th July.
The Czech Republic will follow on the 26th June. Other European countries such as Slovakia and Poland and Bulgaria are set to open before the US and UK on the 3rd July, and Israel is planned for to 9th July. Hungary and Romania are to be confirmed but are anticipated to re-open the week of 3rd July.
Cineworld says all cinemas will have strict regulations and procedures in place. For instance, hand sanitiser stations will be set up as well as and additional cleaning the e-ticketing will be a requirement. There will also be plastic screens at the till, PPE and contactless payments.
Many cinemas have stated that social distancing will still be in place upon reopening, with staggered film start times to occur.
Amidst this ongoing crisis, Cineworld has elaborated that its main priority is for the “health and well-being of both our customers and colleagues”.
Cineworld chief Mooky Greidinger had previously told Deadline he expected a late June/early July opening to the operations of the cinema, while the company constantly reiterated July was the general target. Cineworld has also stated that it knows how much customers have missed going to the cinema. Greidinger said,
“We are thrilled to be back and encouraged by recent surveys that show that many people have missed going to the movie theatre. With a strong slate confirmed for the coming weeks, including among others Tenet, Mulan, A Quiet Place Part II, Wonder Woman 1984, Black Widow, Bond, Soul, Top Gun Maverick and many more, the entire Cineworld team remains committed to being ‘the best place to watch a movie’.”
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