Many cinemas in the UK plan to close on the day of the Queen’s funeral – 19 September, 2022.
The UK’s major cinema chains including Cineworld, Odeon and Showcase have all said they will close their doors on 19 September as a mark of respect.
Smaller operators including The Light — which has movie theatres in locations such as Cambridge, Sheffield and Stockport — will also close their doors for the day.
Other chains, such as Curzon, have opted to screen the Queen’s funeral on its screens for free while cancelling the rest of its programming.
Smaller cinema chain Arc also announced it would be doing the same. In a statement, they said: “We have to decided to screen Her Majesty The Queen’s State Funeral on Bank Holiday Monday 19th September at 11am. This is a free event but pre-booking your seat is essential. There will be no other shows taking place while the funeral is broadcast.”
Cinemas, as well as other events arenas, were not obliged to close during the official mourning period following the Queen’s death.
The official government guidance says: “Organisations may choose to close on the day of the State Funeral, however there is no obligation to do so and this is at the discretion of individual organisations.
“As with other organisations, these institutions may wish to display or share images of previous Royal visits, particularly if they are one of Her Majesty’s patronages.”
Supermarket retailers including Asda, Lidl and Marks & Spencer will also be shut on the day of the funeral which has been made a bank holiday.
Center Parcs has also controversially announced that it will close its sites on the day of the funeral, forcing many holiday makers to find alternative accommodation for that day.
Various heritage sites such as Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall will also be closed to visitors.
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