Curtain up on Kinema in the Woods screenings after government lifts lockdown

The bosses of Woodhall Spa's Kinema in the Woods have welcomed the government's announcement that cinemas can reopen on July 4 but local film fans will have to wait another week while safety measures are finalised.

The Kinema is gearing up to reopen on July 10.
The Kinema is gearing up to reopen on July 10.

According to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, cinemas in England can reopen from July 4 onwards and the Kinema owners have taken the decision to re-open their doors from Friday July 10 and due to distancing measures, numbers of viewers will be limited to roughly a third of the previous capacity.

They say: "We have been working closely with the UK Cinema Association who have drawn up guidelines with direction from Public Health England and the UK Government to ensure that cinemas can reopen safely and be Covid-Secure.

"The safety of our staff and customers is of paramount importance and numerous measures have been put in place to ensure this."

There will be perspex screens at the counters inside the Kinema.

These include but are not limited to:

* Perspex screens installed at the box office and all sales counters in the foyer.

* Hand sanitiser stations at the entrance and throughout the building.

* A one-way system introduced so customers enter through one door and exit through another.

All prepared at the food counters inside the Kinema.

* A third of seats removed in Screen 1 to allow for social distancing – this also comes with the benefit of extra legroom!

* Box office software has been upgraded to automatically leave a minimum of two seats between bookings within each auditorium.

* Extra time will be allowed between screenings so that customers from one screening leave before the next arrive.

* Enhanced cleaning regimes are in place with special attention given to any high-touch surfaces.

There will be perspex screens at the counters inside the Kinema.

Bosses said: "From July 10 we will open limited hours to begin with, with a view to opening full time from the end of the month.

"A selection of classic movies will be shown alongside films released earlier in the year that customers may have missed due to lockdown, ahead of new releases starting again from late-July (including Disney’s Mulan and Tenet)."

Hand sanitiser will be available too.
A gap of two seats will be left between bookings in Screen 1.