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Arnold’s Bonington Cinema reopens this Saturday – but there will be changes


Arnold‘s Bonington Cinema has announced it will reopen on Saturday (July 4) – although moviegoers can expect to see some changes.

The venue, which has been closed throughout lockdown, has revealed it will have a new-look seating plan and reduced capacity when it starts screening again this weekend.

There will be a reduced number of seats to accommodate customers so they can keep two metres apart.

Sofas, armchairs and tables have replaced the usual cascading seats and there are a number of measures in place to ensure people are safe. 

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Council leader John Clarke unveils the new seating layout inside The Bonington

Capacity will be reduced to just 24 seats per screening to allow people to have enough space.

Tickets must be booked in advance through the Bonington website or by telephone. No tickets are available to buy from the box office.

The venue has been thoroughly cleaned during the closure and there will be hand-sanitising stations available and extra cleaning will take place between each screening.

Leisure Officer, Nastarsia Smith helps prepare The Bonington for reopening on Saturday

A one-way system has also been introduced to reduce contact with others with signage situated throughout the cinema to give people clear directions about where to go. 

The cinema will be showing a host of family films as well as some of the best national and international films including the winner of the Best Picture Award at the Oscars, Parasite. 

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Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “We’re delighted to be opening the Bonington Cinema. Our number one priority is the safety of our patrons and our team have been working very hard to get everything in place so people can come and watch a film and know they are safe.

“We have reduced the capacity significantly, to allow for the cinema to be open safely. We know it means we won’t be making much of a profit but this is more about getting us back open and to give our residents an opportunity to have some much needed distraction from the news and enjoy some great cinema on their doorsteps.”

Full details about the upcoming films and the measures in place to ensure the safety of customers is available at

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