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Getting ready to welcome you back!

Posted: Mon 17 Aug

Getting ready to welcome you back!

Thanks to the brilliant support we received during our #SaveTheUPP Crowdfunder, we are getting ready to re-open on Friday 4th September, and we can’t wait to welcome you back!

We’re preparing a ‘Welcome Back’ programme featuring some favourites from this year, films released during lockdown which we didn’t get the chance to see on the big-screen, brand new releases, and some choice classics - including a couple of special classic screenings on opening weekend. It’s already shaping up nicely!

With the health and safety of our audience, volunteers, and staff the highest priority, watching films at the UPP will look quite different from before. We’d like to take this opportunity to outline a few of the changes that we’re making:

    Reduced capacity to allow for social distancing, including blocking off of every other row.
    Allocated seating, using a booking system which automatically locks out two seats either side of each booking party.
    Increased cleaning procedures, including after every screening.
    Hand sanitiser stations at the entrance of the cinema as well as at the bar.
    Regulated use of high-frequency areas such as toilets so that only one customer may use these at a time.
    A perspex screen at the bar to reduce contact between staff and customers.
    Floor markings at the bar instructing customers to only queue two at a time.
    All our staff and volunteers are taking COVID-awareness health and safety training.

One exciting change which we’ll be making - due to the reduction in our capacity - is to increase the number of screenings per week. We usually have two screenings each day, except for on Thursdays, Saturday and Sundays which include an afternoon matinee. When we re-open we will schedule afternoon matinee screenings every day.

We will update everyone again once the new programme is confirmed and tickets are on sale for our first film screenings in nearly six months! We’re looking forward to seeing you again.

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