Cinemas are back in business – but there might be a plot twist in how they run for now (Picture: PA)

Today might be historically celebrated as America’s Independence Day, but this year it’s got a new significance as it marks what has been dubbed ‘Super Saturday.’

4 July 2020 for people in England is being celebrated as the restaurants and pubs have reopened, along with a whole host of new rollbacks to the coronavirus lockdown, with more expected and hoped for in the coming weeks and months.

Along with pubs, playgrounds and more, which cinemas will be opening back up from today?

Are cinemas open?

Cinemas have been able to reopen in England from today, 4 July, but not all are.

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Of the major chains, Showcase will open nine locations on 4 July, then stagger the rest with eight more opening 10 July and the others in the weeks after.

Odeon will open 10 locations on 4 July and plan to have all locations opened by 16 July.


the outside of an Odeon cinema
Odeon began opening locations back up today (Picture: Getty Images)

In a statement, Odeon said: ‘We’re excited to announce that the big screen is back and some of ODEON’s doors will reopen from 4 July.

‘We’ve made lots of changes to bring you a safer cinema experience. From social distancing in our auditoriums and foyers to more frequent and more thorough cleaning routines, we’ve made sure the thrill of the big screen is as safe as possible for you and our teams.’

Everyman will open six locations today, five more on 10 July and aim to stagger the rest over the following weeks.

All Picturehouse screens will re-open from 10 July while Vue and Cineworld locations won’t open just yet – instead, they plan to start re-opening locations from 31 July.

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In their statement, Vue suggested that they are holding back on re-opening until more new movies are released, after many including the live action Mulan and the new Bond were delayed.

The statement reads: ‘Vue is ready to welcome back customers to its UK cinemas to enjoy the escapism of the big screen experience.

‘We know from successfully re-opening cinemas across Europe – including some 70 sites in Germany, Denmark, Holland, Lithuania, Poland and Italy – that audiences after lockdown are itching to enjoy the big screen experience again, with the added reassurance of rigorous new operating protocols and appropriate physical distancing.

‘We also want to offer a great choice of content for the big screen experience and, despite having many classic films and recent releases lined up to whet the appetite of cinema audiences this summer, the worldwide rescheduling of the release dates of Mulan and Tenet has prompted us to review our opening dates.


daniel craig as james bond in No Time To Die
No Time To Die was moved back to November (Picture: Universal Pictures)

‘Under this revised plan, we will begin a phased reopening of our cinemas in the UK from July 31 rather than July 10.’

Cinemas in Scotland will be able to reopen from July 15, while Wales and Northern Ireland are still to announce their plans.

Can cinemas still serve popcorn?

Luckily you will still be able to enjoy popcorn and other snacks from the cinema, though there will be some differences.

Guidelines given to cinemas states that they need to remove any open, unpackaged or self-service food or confectionary.

You will however still be able to buy popcorn and packs of sweets. 


friends sharing popcorn at the cinema
Friends and family who live together will be seated together and can still share popcorn (Picture: Getty)

What are the new cinema rules?

It’s reported that changes to a trip to the pictures will include multi-screen cinemas staggering film start and end times to avoid congestion.

There will be hand-sanitising stations dotted throughout venues and, in line with the latest one-metre plus requirements, there will be seats or rows left empty to ensure social distancing between groups can be possible.

Booking your tickets might also be a different experience, with seats allocated around households who live together and to help keep people apart – so you will have to sit in your allocated seat.

MORE: What films will be showing at UK cinemas when they re-open?

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