Movie House Cinemas, Northern Ireland’s independent cinema group, welcomed the announcement from the Executive that cinemas can now reopen.
The company is planning to open its cinemas at Cityside (Belfast), Glengormley, Maghera and Coleraine on Tuesday, July 14 with extra safety measures in place.
The film selection will include new release Black Water: Abyss as well as family films Trolls World Tour and Upward. Prices will remain the same.
“We are delighted to welcome back our customers and look forward to bringing them great film entertainment again. We will be starting slowly with a select number of movies and will be building the excitement over the coming months with some blockbusting entertainment,” said Michael McAdam, Movie House Managing Director.
The cinema company has been planning its return over the recent months with an emphasis for safety for staff and customers.
The cinema company already has a new socially distanced seating plan for every screen and has made adjustments in its ventilation systems to allow for increased fresh air. It also has bought specialist cleaning equipment, social distancing signage and installed Perspex screens
Movie House Cinemas has developed their booking software so that when a customer buys tickets online, the system will automatically remove seats surrounding each group. This means families or friends can sit together but others won’t be directly next to them.
Customers will then be able to either show their phone at the cinema or print their tickets at home, limiting contact with staff.
Additional safety procedures include: temperature checks at the entrance, reduced capacity in each screen, more show times to spread audiences throughout the day, frequent cleaning of all areas of the cinema and staff training prior to return to work in the new safety procedures.