Films will return the big screen in Wilmslow as the Rex Cinema has confirmed it will be reopening on 18th September, after closing due to restrictions posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The cinema has planned a number of new measures to help protect staff and customers, while ensuring an enjoyable viewing experience at the Rex. These include:
- Reduced Seating Capacity, to ensure safe distances in the foyer and auditorium.
- Increased time between start times in different screens, to avoid crossover of audiences.
- Increased time between shows, to allow time for deep clean during the changeover.
- Divider boards on empty seats to separate individuals, couples and social groups.
- Perspex screens on the bar.
- Uniform for all staff and visors for ushers.
- Hand sanitiser stations in the foyer and entrances to the auditoria.
In line with government guidance, face coverings should also be worn at all times in the bar and foyer areas, but may be removed in the auditorium for those consuming food and drink during screenings. Children under 11 and those who may have difficulties wearing a mask due to respiratory or other conditions are exempt, as per government guidance.
In comments on their website, Rex Cinema said:
We are so excited to bring films back to the big screen in Wilmslow – where they belong! Thank you to everyone for your kindness during an incredibly difficult time and for your continued support in the weeks and months ahead – we need you now more than ever!”
While cinemas were among the first businesses permitted to reopen, most have delayed doing so as many film releases and production schedules were delayed or postponed due to the pandemic.
Throughout the pandemic, The Rex Cinema has been running its Heroes in Cinema campaign, allowing customers to purchase a ticket on behalf of NHS staff, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis on presentation of an NHS ID for any film.