If you’re a film fan and you live in the UK, then you will know that it has been a tough few months/year when it comes to watching the latest releases. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of cinemas closed their doors when social restrictions were first brought in during early 2020, while others were forced to close when the second wave became unmanageable during the autumn/winter.

And with cinemas closed, the only way for UK cine-lovers to get their movie fix has been through streaming services. The likes of Amazon, Netflix, Disney+, AppleTV, and various other platforms, have stepped in to plug the gap, and have done a good job too!

But from Monday 17th May 2021, all UK cinemas will be allowed to re-open. The major chains, VUE, Odeon and Cineworld having announced they will be ready to switch on those digital projectors as soon as Monday hits, with some of the smaller, independent cinemas expected to follow suit too.

In an email sent to customers, Vue said: “The wait is almost over. We’re firing up our big screens at your local Vue and we can’t wait to welcome you back with a host of your favourite films, dazzling theatre titles and kid-pleasing pre-school shows (ideal if you need five minutes’ peace which, let’s face it, you do). You can start booking tickets now.”

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When doors re-open, all cinemas will be following government guidance, so many safety measures will be in place for the time being. These measures include mask wearing, social distanced seating, staggered screenings (to avoid huge queues), and increased cleaning, while customers are being encouraged to pre-book tickets ahead of their visit.

To further cut down on any risks, Odeon have announced that it will be going cashless from Monday 17th, so make sure you have your card with you. The cinema chain will also be offering a range of pre-packaged food and drinks, to reduce the amount of contact between staff and customers.

In terms of movies, it is fair to say that 2021 will be jam-packed with new releases, thanks to a huge backlog of films that were due to come out in 2020. Expect to see multiple Marvel movies, a new entry in The Conjuring series, the latest Bond film, The Fast and the Furious 9, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and various other top titles appearing over the coming weeks and months.

These movies won’t be hitting screens straight away, but they WILL be coming – and sooner than you think. For now, cinema chains will be easing customers back in with children’s movie Peter Rabbit 2, as well as a new horror film, The Unholy.

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There will also be a number of classic titles too, such as Grease and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. And don’t surprised if some of the recent streaming releases don’t get a big screen airing as well – including the Oscar-winning Nomadland, which Disney has confirmed will be hitting UK screens for those who don’t subscribe to Disney+.

As someone who loves going to the cinema, I am looking forward to returning to my local(s) as soon as possible. I sure have missed going to the cinema to watch films on a huge screen.

For those who are still not quite ready to go back to the cinema just yet, or those who are eagerly awaiting their first or second dose of the vaccine before they venture out, there are still plenty of movies hitting streaming platforms. Netflix promised that 2021 would bring new movies every week, and Disney+, Amazon and the rest have plenty up their sleeves too!

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And don’t forget this year has already served up a whole heap of movies you may not have even watched yet! If you want the lowdown on some of the top titles available since the start of 2021, be sure to dive into the following reviews:

With just over a week to go until cinemas re-open, the countdown is on! I’m excited, and I can’t wait to be sat in an auditorium with popcorn in hand, and a Marvel movie playing out in front of me. Soon the (very) harsh winter months will be nothing but a distant memory.

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