Vue reveals when its cinemas in Preston and Cleveleys will reopen
European cinema giant Vue has confirmed it is ready to begin the process of reopening its movie theaters in the UK.
Vue announced today (June 23) it is looking to reopen its cinemas on July 10 as Boris Johnson reveals a series of measures easing the lockdown in England.
The chain shut its 91 cinemas in the UK on March 17 after Boris Johnson urged people in the UK to avoid socialising to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
But in an statement today, the Prime Minister said restaurants, cafes, workplace canteens, bars, pubs and cinemas could reopen, providing they adhere to COVID-Secure guidelines.
Tim Richards, Founder and Chief Executive of Vue International said: "We are confident we can look after our staff and our customers with enhanced protocols. By the time we reopen in the UK our methods will have been responsibly and robustly deployed in the real world.
"We have learned how to do this from our operations in Taiwan where we never closed and have successfully operated through pandemics such as SARS in the past; and from our sites in Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Poland and Lithuania where we have recently and successfully reopened to the public.
"We know from independent academic research that cinema going has a positive impact on mental wellbeing and now it is more important than ever to make that experience available to people."