LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 27th July 2020

UNITED KINGDOM: From musicals to opera: A guide to drive-in entertainment
Before 2020, if somebody said drive-in, that, for me, meant something edible and most likely fast food-related.
Fast forward to today, drive-ins have a completely new meaning.
Like it or not, post-pandemic drive-in entertainment could be the future of fun in the UK.

UNITED KINGDOM: British Film Institute outlines £30M recovery fund for England’s indie cinemas
Even though cinemas can now re-open in England, restrictions on capacity and virus safety provisions are an economic barrier and, coupled with a minimal slate of film releases, this is a challenging time for venues, particularly indies operating on narrow margins.
Of the 775 cinemas in the UK, 55% are independent

ENGLAND: Face coverings to be enforced at cinemas in England
Cinema audiences in England will be required to wear face coverings from August 8 as part of the UK government’s measures to stem the spread of Covid-19.
Coronavirus: Return of indoor shows delayed and masks enforced
The socially-distanced reopening of indoor performances in England has been delayed until at least 15 August, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.
The easing of restrictions at theatres and music venues was due to start this weekend, but has been postponed amid concerns over a rise in virus cases.

LONDON (Kensington): Robert Bird lands engineering role on £1bn Olympia redevelopment
The 186,000 sq m scheme involves building two theatres, as well as two hotels, a four-screen cinema, a rooftop park and other restaurant space.
Four original exhibition spaces, dating from 1886, will also be modernised under the plans.

ALNWICK: Theatre bosses hope to reopen Playhouse by winter 2020 thanks to Government pilot scheme
The venue was forced to close in March as the coronvirus outbreak worsened in the UK.
It came shortly after the venue’s reopening following a massive refurbishment project.

DONCASTER: Latest pictures show how amazing transformation of Waterdale is nearing completion with museum, cinema and college sites taking shape
The cinema and the college are also now clearly recognisable as the buildings they are to be when they open.

LANCASTER: New layout on show as Dukes theatre reopens for cinema screenings
Film buffs can start experiencing the 'new normal' in the cinema with Lancaster's Dukes theatre opening its doors again.

LIVERPOOL: Coronavirus: Liverpool's oldest cinema closed by 'severity' of impact
The owners of Woolton Picture House said it was with "great sorrow" that they had made the "toughest decision to permanently close".
The building, which first opened on 26 December 1927, was initially closed on 18 March by the Covid-19 lockdown.

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE: Take a Tyne Theatre Ghost Light tour and help guide it to a brighter future
A city theatre is hoping that a virtual behind-the-scenes tour will help scare up a few pounds towards its fund-raising appeal.
The reputedly haunted Tyne Theatre & Opera House in Newcastle has launched a Ghost Light video tour taking viewers into areas of the listed building rarely accessed by the public.

NOTTINGHAM (Beeston): Cinema and homes scheme set for completion
The eight-screen cinema – which will be operated by Arc Cinema – forms part of the wider Beeston Square redevelopment.
Progress on the cinema had been slowed by the Coronavirus pandemic, which caused delays in the building work and the delivery of materials to site.
Despite this, the cinema will be ready for fit-out in December, with the opening date now projected to be June 2021.

OSWESTRY: Kinokulture bosses set September 4 date for reopening
Oswestry's community cinema, Kinokulture, have confirmed they will reopen in September.
The popular cinema, in Arthur Street, has been closed for the duration of the Covid-19 lockdown, but with measures starting to ease, bosses say they are aiming for a later summer reopening.

SCARBOROUGH: Stephen Joseph Theatre prepares to reopen
Eat Me Cafe in Hanover Road, opposite the venue's stage door, has moved into its bar area.
The theatre will start showing films from August 20.