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Historic cinema prepares to reopen with one screening a day


Clevedon’s historic Curzon Cinema is to re-open – after being shut for the majority of the last 12 months due to lockdown.

The cinema has only managed to open for four weeks in the last year due to restrictions but will open its doors again on May 17 as Government lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

The pandemic was the first time that the independently operated cinema, which opened in 1912 and stayed open through the first and second world wars, had been forced to close.

A series of covid measures have been put in place to ensure people can visit the cinema safely.

The number of people allowed at screenings has been vastly reduced to around 90 to 100 per session, seats for screenings are numbered and hand sanitisers are dotted around the auditorium.

A track and trace system will be in place and cinema goers will be asked to wear masks during screenings.

Volunteers and staff have been working over the past week to prepare the cinema ready for opening.

The first film to be shown on Monday will be Nomad Land at 7.30pm.

People are being encourage to book on line or call the cinema although the box office will open nightly at 7pm.

Curzon Cinema chief executive Suzannah Shaw said: “It is brilliant to be re-opening after only four weeks of being operational in the last year.

“We are really hoping that the restrictions easing will remain in place and we can welcome people back.”

Staff and volunteers have also been spending the last weeks moving the Curzon Collection from its home at the library back into the building.

The collection was moved during the £650,000 project – completed last year – to repair the Curzon’s leaky roof.

It is hoped that once restrictions lift further that the collection will once again be on show to the public.

The Curzon will initially re-open with one screening a day which will increase to three per day.

The cinema has been supported through lockdown by various grants.

“Closing for a year has had a massive financial impact on us “ said Suzannah.

“But we have been fortunate in being able to access grants to secure the cinema and support us now and in the coming months as we emerge from lockdown.

“Most of our staff have been on furlough during the closure and for those who were working, it has been a hard slog looking at what grants we may be able to access and plan our fundraising work.”

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All restrictions are due to end in England on June 21.

But Suzannah said the Curzon would be led by the audiences.

“There are still many people who are nervous about coming back out into the world following the pandemic, never mind visiting the cinema.

“So we will very much be guided by how our audiences feel.

“We have had a fantastic response from our audiences at the news we will be re-opening.

“And we need people to keep coming back to the Curzon now and in the future.”

The Curzon is also planning a new events and activities programme for later this year and there are plans to set up a membership scheme.

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