UK cinemas will close or show the Queen’s funeral on Monday

Many UK cinemas will be closed on the Queen’s national day of mourning – while others remain open showing the event for free, they said.

Ajor chains including Cineworld, Odeon and Showcase will be closing their websites on September 19 out of respect.

Smaller operators including The Light – which has cinemas in locations such as Cambridge, Sheffield and Stockport – will also be closed for the day.

Other cinema chains including Curzon and Arc opted to show the funeral free of charge while canceling the rest of the show that day.

Arc said in a statement on Twitter: “We had to decide to show the Queen’s State Funeral on Bank Holiday on Monday 19 September at 11am.

“This is a free event but reservations are essential. There will be no other programming going on while the funeral is broadcast.”

Meanwhile, Vue said it canceled scheduled screenings on Monday but will open select locations for funeral screenings.

“Seating will be free and we will close our retail stores, but will provide free bottled water during airtime,” the chain said in a statement.

“We will also be showing the London Procession in the majority of locations in the UK on Wednesday, September 14. On this date, all other screens will be open to show film content as usual.” .

The UK release of the romantic comedy Ticket To Paradise, starring Hollywood A-listers George Clooney and Julia Roberts, has also been pushed back from September 16 to September 20 – a the day after the funeral.

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Tuesday also marks the end of the period of national mourning.

Public museums, galleries, and other art and cultural venues are not required to close during this time, although some have.

Government guidance says: “Institutions may choose to close on National Day of mourning, however there is no obligation to do so and this is at the discretion of individual organisations.

“As with other organisations, these organizations may want to display or share photos of past Royal visits, especially if they are one of the Queen’s patrons.”

Phil Clapp, chief executive of the Motion Picture Association of Great Britain, said: “While we have shared with members the official guidance shows that there is no requirement to close, it is clear to all. Cinema operators in the UK are sensitive to the mood of the public and react appropriately to what is a very sad time for many people across the country. “

Mr Clapp said his current understanding is that 150 UK locations plan to show funerals.

Most theaters in central London will also close on Monday with the Theater Association of London (Solt) and Theaters UK saying the decision was made “out of respect for all those who are mourn”.

The organizations added in a joint statement: “During the period of national mourning, performances will go ahead as planned, but we advise audiences visiting central London to spend more time on their arrival journey. and away from the theater from Wednesday when the Queen will be in state.

“In regards to the nationwide one-minute silence at 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, the shows that will be shown that evening will mark this before closing the curtain.”

It comes against a backdrop of historic heritage and heritage sites, such as Stonehenge, HMS Belfast and Hadrian’s Wall, which have also announced plans to close on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

Retailers Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Lidl and Asda also said they would close. UK cinemas will close or show the Queen’s funeral on Monday

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