Cinema to reopen at Horsham's Capitol

Horsham’s Capitol has announced the re-opening of its cinema on Friday, July 17 with Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Monday, 6th July 2020, 6:50 pm
Updated Monday, 6th July 2020, 6:54 pm
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
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 time and enhanced cleaning and hygiene regimes.

As well as putting safety measures in place to protect both audiences and staff members alike, the opportunity has been taken to refresh the front-of-house areas whilst they have been closed Booking details and more safety information, including a film showing the new arrangements, will be available on from July 10.

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.”