Movie chain Odeon confirmed plans to open the “vast majority” of its screens in the UK on May 17, as lockdown rules ease.
The Liverpool One venues at Leicester Square in London will be among more than 100 venues set to resume screenings as indoor theaters are allowed to reopen.
The pencil film releases for this year include the latest James bond episode “No Time To Die” in late September – after repeated delays due to movie theater closures during the pandemic – and “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway”.
Odeon said that in addition to the new releases, it will show a selection of “modern and classic titles”.
Rivals Cineworld and Showcase have already announced plans to reopen in May.
Odeon has over 120 cinemas in the UK and Ireland.
It will open 92 in England, ten in Scotland and six in Wales on May 17th, one in Northern Ireland on May 24th and 11th in the Republic of Ireland on June 7th.
Cinemas will not be allowed to fill up, with some seats remaining unoccupied in order to comply with social distancing rules.
Show start times will be shifted to try to reduce queues and cash will no longer be accepted.
Carol Welch, Managing Director of Odeon Cinemas Group UK, said: “We have all missed the magic that cinema brings to movie viewing, and we know our guests are delighted to return.”
Oden said most of his 3,560 UK cinema workers were fired during the lockdown and there would be a ‘gradual return’ for them as theaters prepare to reopen.