The Picture House Uckfield has confirmed it will be reopen on Friday, July 31, following four-and-a-half months of closure during the Coronavirus pandemic.
This is only the third time that the Picture House has been closed before in its 104 year history. Once was for a brief period at the beginning of World War 2, and then it closed for a week when it moved from one screen to two in 1979.
The cinema says nothing has threatened its survival like the recent pandemic – not even the dark days of the 80s and 90s when video rental shops and the VHS emerged.
2019 was the best year ever for The Picture House. Admissions were at their highest level since the heady days of the 1940s, and 50s.
The long closure for the pandemic has been a testing and worrying time for the family-run cinema and a hard decision to reopen as distributors continually move release dates.
The Picture House is hoping its loyal customer base will help it ride out the storm.
Cinema owner Kevin Markwick has been recording a lockdown podcast with fellow film lovers, including Robin Ince, Peter Curran, and Francine Stock. He is currently recording a reopening diary for Radio 4’s Film Programme.
The first films to be shown will be:
Onward (U), showing in the afternoons, at 1.45pm. This is set in a suburban fantasy world when two teenage elf brothers go on a journey to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker (12A), showing each evening at 7.15pm. This is the final part of the ongoing Star Wars saga.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (PG), each afternoon at 3.45pm. Episode V of the saga.
Summerland (12A) each afternoon at 4.40pm and evening at 7.35pm. During World War 2 a reclusive Englishwoman opens her heart to an evacuee after initially resolving to be rid of him.
Trolls: World Tour (U) each afternoon at 2.15pm. Poppy and Branch discover they are but one of six different Troll tribes, all devoted to different kinds of music. When the Queen of Hard Rock Trolls tries to take over all the kingdoms, Queen Poppy and her friends must find a way to save everyone.
Unhinged (15), evenings at 5pm and 8pm. A psychological thriller starring Russell Crowe.
Follow the links, above, to the Picture House website to book tickets.
Read why it has been so difficult to pick a reopening date for the cinema in a previous Uckfield News story: Kevin Markwick announces cinema opening date.