Movie buffs adapt to new standard as movie theaters reopen after lockdown

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Movie theater customers said the new rules were “strange” but that it was “good to be back” (Image: PA)

Families took advantage of trips to the movies for the first time in more than three months today, as lock-out restrictions were relaxed in England.

Cinemas are very different places because they welcome the public, with additional security measures in place, including plexiglass screens at checkouts and food outlets, one-way systems and hand disinfection on arrival and to the output.

While some major chains, including Cineworld and Odeon, remain closed this weekend, the reopened cinemas have attracted large numbers of customers who have said they are happy to return to normal.

Andrea Necchi, 31, who visited the Showcase Cinema in the Bluewater Mall in Dartford, Kent with her children, said it was a “strange experience”.

Revealing his children, their temperature was checked when they entered, the construction company’s protection project manager said, “This is all a little strange, but other than that, it’s good to be return.

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All the staff wore masks at the Showcase cinema, but very few customers covered their faces.

Showcase Cinema staff in Bluewater, Kent welcome its first customers when it reopens following the easing of coronavirus lockout restrictions in England.  Photo PA.  Date of photo: Saturday, July 4, 2020. The easing of restrictions, which was imposed on March 23, allows businesses, including restaurant pubs and hair salons, to reopen to the public with measures in place to prevent the spread coronavirus.  See the story of PA HEALTH Coronavirus.  Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

Showcase Cinema staff, Bluewater, Kent welcome their first customers (Photo: PA)

Staff at the Bluewater, Kent Showcase Cinema welcome its first customers when it reopens following the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions in England.  Photo PA.  Date of photo: Saturday, July 4, 2020. The easing of restrictions, which was imposed on March 23, allows businesses, including restaurant pubs and hair salons, to reopen to the public with measures in place to prevent the spread coronavirus.  See the story of PA HEALTH Coronavirus.  Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

A safety message has been posted at Showcase Cinema, Bluewater, Kent (Image: PA)

Movie buffs from Showcase Cinema, Bluewater, Kent sit back, socially distanced, to watch their first film since March as it reopens after restrictions on coronavirus lockdowns have been relaxed across England.  Photo PA.  Date of photo: Saturday, July 4, 2020. The easing of restrictions, which was imposed on March 23, allows businesses, including restaurant pubs and hair salons, to reopen to the public with measures in place to prevent the spread coronavirus.  See the story of PA HEALTH Coronavirus.  Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

Movie buffs at Showcase Cinema, Bluewater, Kent seated, socially distanced (Image: PA)

epa08526291 Moviegoers at the Showcase Cinema at the Bluewater Shopping Center, Dartford, Great Britain, 04 July 2020. Cinemas are reopening after easing of restrictions in the UK to combat the spread of COVID-19.  Starting today, pubs, restaurants, hair salons and cinemas can reopen with social distancing measures in place.  EPA / WILL OLIVER

Moviegoers at the Bluewater Shopping Center Showcase Cinema in Dartford had plenty of space for themselves (Image: EPA)

The picture house showed old movies – including Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Back to the Future – today, amid a lack of movie releases.

Caretaker Michelle Major, 57, said she was happy that England was reopening because it was difficult to explain the locking restrictions to her son, who is disabled and autistic.

She said her son was “super excited” to go to the movies, adding that she was “impressed” with the security measures in place.

The mother said: “I think it is very safe, it is not the staff or the cinema that will spoil things, it is the customers. ”

Meanwhile, a mom named Leanne said it was “nice to go out again” while visiting a Showcase cinema in Leeds.

She said, “We were really a little nervous about coming back but the cinema here was really, really good how they were spacing people out and they were really hygienic, so it’s nice to know that they do everything they can. ‘

Showcase Cinema staff in Bluewater, Kent welcome its first customers when it reopens following the easing of coronavirus lockout restrictions in England.  Photo PA.  Date of photo: Saturday, July 4, 2020. The easing of restrictions, which was imposed on March 23, allows businesses, including restaurant pubs and hair salons, to reopen to the public with measures in place to prevent the spread coronavirus.  See the story of PA HEALTH Coronavirus.  Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

Plexiglass screens have been installed around the cash desks and stations where food is served (Image: PA)

Staff at the Bluewater, Kent Showcase Cinema welcome its first customers when it reopens following the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions in England.  Photo PA.  Date of photo: Saturday, July 4, 2020. The easing of restrictions, which was imposed on March 23, allows businesses, including restaurant pubs and hair salons, to reopen to the public with measures in place to prevent the spread coronavirus.  See the story of PA HEALTH Coronavirus.  Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

People are advised to stay two meters apart and to stay in a one-way system (Image: PA)

Staff at Showcase Cinema in Bluewater, Kent, are preparing to welcome their first customers since March when it reopens, following the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions across England.  Photo PA.  Date of photo: Saturday, July 4, 2020. The easing of restrictions, which was imposed on March 23, allows businesses, including restaurant pubs and hair salons, to reopen to the public with measures in place to prevent the spread coronavirus.  See the story of PA HEALTH Coronavirus.  Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

A staff member cleans up before a screening (photo: PA)

Showcase Cinema staff in Bluewater, Kent welcome its first customers when it reopens following the easing of coronavirus lockout restrictions in England.  Photo PA.  Date of photo: Saturday, July 4, 2020. The easing of restrictions, which was imposed on March 23, allows businesses, including restaurant pubs and hair salons, to reopen to the public with measures in place to prevent the spread coronavirus.  See the story of PA HEALTH Coronavirus.  Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

A safety message before the film (Image: PA)

The cinema chain Cineworld has postponed its reopening date to July 31, blaming the delay on the modifications of the planned release dates of the film, while Vue and Picturehouse will not open this weekend either.

Odeon opened 10 of its cinemas on Saturday and announces that it will welcome 88 customers again by the end of the month.

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers were also back in action on Saturday, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning the public not to “blow it up.”

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