New measures in place as cinema reopens

July 30 2020
New measures in place as cinema reopens

WELLS Film Centre has started showing films again.

Four months after having to close its doors because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was reopening to cinema-goers on Friday, July 24.

As she looked forward to the reopening, proprietor Sally Cooper said: “We cannot wait to welcome our customers back to the film centre. This has been a difficult time for many people and businesses but we have had such wonderful messages from our customers.

“With the added support of the UK Cinema Association, we have introduced new measures to help with social distancing and enhanced cleaning regimes.”

She said that there are three important changes patrons need to be made aware of when they return to the cinema.

The box office opening hours have moved to Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10am to noon. Sally said: “Due to the size and shape of our foyer we will only be able to have customers coming in for their show and not pre-booking, so we decided to have designated box office hours to deal with bookings and enquiries outside film showing times.’’

Customers will also now book specific seats. “We have not had allocated seating before, but to help with social distancing customers book their actual seats and our system will block off seats around them to stop anyone sitting next to them,’’ said Sally.

Another change they have implemented is that children under 12 years old now need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 18 years old.

Booking is still available 24/7 on the film centre website wellsfimcentre.co.uk. The website also contains up-to-date information on these changes.

There has also been an update about this year’s Wells Festival of Film. With the current climate, Wells Film Centre and The Bishop’s Palace have decided to postpone the festival until April 2021. Customers who have booked for the outdoor screening of Grease have had their tickets automatically transferred over to next year. Anyone with enquiries should ring the cinema on 01749 673195 or pop in during the box office opening hours, or email info@wellsfilmcentre.co.uk.