Will cinemas have to close at 10pm? The newly devised curfew rules have moviegoers curious. Allow us to clear up the confusion.

Yet again, there are going to be some changes around here…

In 2020, the UK public has seen the introduction and revision of a wealth of rules and guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A number of months were spent in full lockdown with pubs, restaurants, shops and cinemas temporarily closed.

More recently, people have been invited back to enjoy these freedoms with safety measures – masks, sanitiser stations, social distancing – in place to ensure customers and staff feel comfortable.

However, the Mirror highlights that a new curfew will be brought in from Thursday, 24th September 2020 in which pubs and other venues will close at 10pm.

Is this the case for cinemas too?

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Will cinemas have to close at 10pm?

  • No, cinemas will not have to close at 10pm under the new curfew rules being introduced from Thursday, September 24th 2020.

This information comes courtesy of the Metro, which highlights that Oliver Dowden – the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – has clarified the new rules.

He addresses that films shown in cinemas are able to “run over the 10pm deadline”. However, showings are not allowed to begin after 10pm.

So, you won’t see any screenings commencing at 10.05pm, for example.

Not to worry though; if you go to see a film at 9pm, you won’t be forced to evacuate your seats in an hour’s time!

What about food and drink?

Obviously, tucking into some classic cinema food is a big part of the moviegoing experience for so many.

Whether you’re fond of nachos, popcorn or both, it’s worth noting that cinemas will be required to stop serving both food and drink after 10pm, as addressed by the Metro.

So, if you are going to a rather late showing then it’s worth grabbing your snacks before the film starts.

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