READING'S Vue Cinema will be reopening next week after months of closure due to lockdown.

Following the successful reopening of 10 sites across the UK, the home of the ultimate big screen experience will be relaunched for film-lovers in Reading at The Oracle Riverside next Friday (August 21).

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As well as new and highly-anticipated films, Vue is bringing a number of fan-favourite movies back to the big screen, with tickets on sale soon.

Those interested in family treasures can look forward to the Harry Potter series; fan favourite’s such as La La Land return for easy-goers; film-buffs can get stuck into the works of iconic filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and big-screen addicts will be excited to see cinematic classics like Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, showing back on the big screen.

Vue has implemented changes for safety, meaning fans can look forward to enjoying the big screen experience with added reassurance.

Vue has focused on five key areas to ensure customers can enjoy the cinema as safely as possible:

  • Online booking is encouraged to make visits as contactless as possible. Tickets can be accessed on smartphones and will be scanned before entering the screen, allowing people to skip the queue
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols and Employee PPE are in place. This includes disinfecting every screen between each screening and hand sanitiser stations available throughout venues. Staff will be equipped with PPE to protect themselves and customers
  • Physical distancing meeting government guidelines has been built into the booking system so that customers in one booking are automatically seated apart from others
  • Reduced touch points at venues through foyers and into screens. Contactless payments up to the value of £45 and Apple Pay and Google Pay will be accepted and encouraged at till points.
  • Staggered film times will be implemented to maintain physical distancing and reduce the number of people at any one time in foyers and corridors

Robin Hamedi, general manager at Vue Reading, said: "We're really pleased to be preparing to reopen our cinema once again and we look forward to welcoming film fans back soon.

"We've been working hard to ensure our site here in Reading meets safety protocols in line with the latest government guidance."

All safety measures will also be clearly signposted at the entrances and throughout the building, and will be in line with government and public health guidance.

Customers will be required to wear a face covering during their visit, although this can be removed to consume food and drink.

Customers will also be required to take part in the Test and Trace initiative to help keep themselves and others safe.

Vue’s team will also have two full days of extensive training ahead of reopening on these protocols.

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On hand will be the newly established safety team ready to welcome customers back in, explain the new procedures and answer any questions.

Robin Hamedi, added: "We want film-lovers in Reading and surrounding areas to know that the quality of our viewing experience remains unchanged and customers will continue to enjoy the best audio and picture quality in big screen entertainment, especially with the upcoming release of hotly anticipated titles such as Tenet.

"We hope film-fans are excited as us at the return of the big screen where films like this are supposed to be seen."

Vue will be screening films at Reading from Friday 21 August.

Tickets are available now at For more information on the safety measures being implemented, customers can visit