The finishing touches are being put in place ahead of Thursday’s reopening of Ripon’s Curzon Cinema.
More than 18 months after the two-screen cinema closed its doors because of the coronavirus crisis, filmgoers will be able to take their seats for the much-anticipated James Bond blockbuster, No Time to Die.
Daniel Craig’s fifth and final appearance as 007 looks sure to attract large audiences.
The 8.30pm screening on Thursday is already sold out, but tickets are still available for the 5pm and 7pm showings of the film.
Screening times, membership and bookings details for the Ripon venue are now available online.
With two screens, the premises on North Street are the smallest of Curzon’s 14 UK locations.
Initial plans to reopen on 4 June were put on hold due to social distancing issues caused by the venue’s size.
When announcing the reopening, Becky Tobin, regional manager for cinema chain, said the team was “very excited” to finally be back:
She told the Stray Ferret:
“We are thrilled that our customers will also be seeing some familiar faces as a lot of the team decided to return and are looking forward to seeing our regulars and members again.
“The returning team, along with the new recruits, have been getting into the swing of things with some onsite training of our revamped food and drink menu.”
The venue will welcome back its patrons with James Bond-inspired martinis.
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The cinema, which opened in Ripon in November 2013, is part of a BAFTA award-winning company that allows members to view films at home through its streaming service, as well as in Curzon venues across the UK.
As the covid lockdown restrictions on cinemas and live theatre were progressively eased by the government this year, the Curzon remained closed in Ripon, sparking fears the city’s only cinema would not reopen.