Showcase has announced the line up of films that cinemagoers will be able to watch for £5 when they reopen on Saturday, 4 July. All of its sites have been closed by the coronavirus pandemic since mid-March.
The chain operates 21 cinemas across the UK, including one in Leicester which will be unable to reopen due to local lockdown restrictions staying in place following a recent spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The Showcase cinemas that are planning to reopen this weekend are: Bluewater, Coventry, Leeds, Liverpool, Newham, Nottingham, Peterborough, Reading and Teesside.
The movies they hope to entice customers back with include recent favourites 1917, Bad Boys For Life and Bohemian Rhapsody, blockbusters like Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and Jurassic World, and also classics such as The Shining, Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption.
Guests are advised to book tickets online in advance or use the self-service ticket machines in the cinema lobby.
Yesterday the Cineworld group announced it was delaying reopening its cinemas until 31 July. Odeon cinemas will begin a phased reopening with ten sites this coming weekend. Vue cinemas have stated an intention to reopen this weekend, but has currently shared no information about its plan.
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The full list of films coming to Showcase this coming weekend is below:
Back To The Future
Bad Boys For Life
Beauty And The Beast
Black Water: Abyss (10 July)
Fast & Furious 7
Guardians of the Galaxy
Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone
Jumanji: The Next Level
La La Land
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
The Greatest Showman
The Shawshank Redemption
The Sound of Music
Showcase Cinemas will reopen with enhanced health and safety measures for both customers and staff amid the coronavirus pandemic.
These include leaving seats empty in each screen and staggered start times, alongside fewer screenings to reduce the number of people in the lobby. Guests will be encouraged to wear face coverings and hand sanitising stations will be placed throughout venues.
After each screening, staff will conduct a cleaning regime, which includes an anti-viral fogging machine that eliminates airborne viruses. Each auditorium will also have an air-purifying system installed.
Perspex shields have been installed at till points and people will be able to order their food and drink in advance and collect from a designated pick-up section.
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The chain is owned and operated by National Amusements Inc, which operates more than 900 screens in the US, UK, Brazil and Argentina.
UK general manager of Showcase Cinemas Mark Barlow said: “We are all really excited about welcoming film fans back to Showcase Cinemas.
“We’ve been busy preparing for our reopening by making all our sites as Showcase safe as possible for the comfort of both staff and guests, which has always been our top priority.
“We encourage all our guests to use the hand sanitiser available, regularly wash their hands, wear a face covering and practise social distancing when inside the cinema.
“There are some fantastic films to be released in 2020 and we can’t wait to see people enjoying movies back on the big screen.
“We’ve also brought some classic hits and recent favourites back to remind everyone just how great it is to see them in the cinema.”