This is when the Odeon Luxe cinema in Sheffield is reopening and the films you can see

A major cinema in Sheffield city centre has confirmed its reopening date.

Thursday, 20th August 2020, 11:41 am

The Odeon Luxe on Arundel Gate is returning on August 21 in time for the release of director Christopher Nolan's espionage thriller Tenet, the first big blockbuster movie to come out in the UK since lockdown.

It is also 50 years to the month since the building originally opened as Sheffield's renowned Fiesta nightclub.

The Odeon chain is bringing back 70 cinemas nationally on August 21 – these will join 29 sites across the country that have already reopened with new safety measures in place to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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The Odeon Luxe in Sheffield is reopening.

These include online booking and contactless ticket checks, a range of ‘grab and go’ pre-packaged food and drinks, limits on seat numbers, staggered screening times to reduce queues, free sanitiser for visitors and extra cleaning.

In line with government guidelines, when inside the cinema audience members must wear a face covering which they may remove to eat and drink.

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Tenet stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, John David Washington and Michael Caine, and has had its release date pushed back several times because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff trying out the socially-distanced seats at the Odeon Luxe in Sheffield.

The film, out on August 26, has a mysterious storyline about a bid to prevent World War Three and had a reported production budget of more than $200 million.

Other films being screened at the Sheffield Odeon include a 10th anniversary reissue of Nolan’s 2010 movie Inception, Trolls World Tour, The Karate Kid, Jurassic Park and the entire Harry Potter series.

The place was refurbished and upgraded in 2018 to become one of the chain's ‘Luxe’ venues.

Phil Towers, the Sheffield cinema’s general manager, said: “We can’t wait to welcome back our guests. We all need a bit of escapism right now, so we’re here again from August 21 with a great schedule of films over the coming months along with our super-comfy reclining seats, delicious food and drink and a relaxing safe environment.”

Staff have been undergoing training ahead of the Odeon Luxe's reopening in Sheffield.

Carol Welch, Odeon’s UK and Ireland managing director, said the business had received ‘positive guest feedback’ on its initial reopenings.

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Seats will undergo extra cleaning at the Odeon Luxe in Sheffield.