The Capitol is pleased to announce the re-opening of its cinema on Friday 17 July with Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The film will be shown on the large screen in The Capitol Theatre with socially distanced seating.
A series of reruns is also being planned as well as major movies as and when they are released.
The announcement follows the easing of the social distancing restrictions from two metres to a minimum of one metre.
The full range of health and safety measures published by the UK Cinema Association, and agreed by government, will be in place ready for the re-opening. The measures ensure social distancing at every point during a visit to The Capitol, and include contactless payments, safety signage, seating capacity limits, staggered film start and end times, and enhanced cleaning and hygiene regimes.
As well as putting safety measures in place to protect both audiences and staff members alike, whilst it has been closed the opportunity has been taken to refresh the Front of House areas.
Booking details and more safety information, including a film showing the new arrangements, will be available on www.thecapitolhorsham.com from 10 July.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Jonathan Chowen, said: “We are a nation of film-lovers and The Capitol in particular is a much-loved local venue.
“We’ve all missed a great number of things since the coronavirus lockdown came into effect, and going to the cinema was one of them. We are therefore delighted to be able to welcome our customers back and, with increased hygiene and social distancing measures in place, people will be able to enjoy a night out and feel safe”.