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Saffron Screen reopens with Covid-19 precautions in place




Uttlesford's independent community cinema, Saffron Screen, will reopen for film fans on Saturday (September 5).

Business manager Jenny Hemsley said: "The safety of our customers, staff and volunteers is a priority. We want everyone to fall back in love with the big-screen experience.

"We know that not everyone will be able to come back straight away, so we will be continuing our popular online programme, but the team is really excited to welcome back those that can come.

Military Wives stars BAFTA winner Kristin Scott Thomas (front, left) and BAFTA nominee Sharon Horgan (front, right)
Military Wives stars BAFTA winner Kristin Scott Thomas (front, left) and BAFTA nominee Sharon Horgan (front, right)

"We are very grateful to the community for their continued support throughout this crisis and we hope Saffron Screen can remain at the heart of the community for many years to come".

The team has implemented a number of Covid-19 changes. Customers can expect to see a significantly reduced capacity in the 200-seat auditorium in Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, with empty chairs between booking groups, a one-way system to enable social distancing and thorough and regular cleaning between screenings.

There will be temperature checks for all staff, volunteers and customers on arrival, and the front-of-house team have taken part in online and offline training and will be wearing suitable personal protective equipment.

Gemma Arterton in Second World War drama Summerland
Gemma Arterton in Second World War drama Summerland

Tickets are on sale for the first two weekends in September. The line-up includes Korean multi-award-winning Parasite, Second World War drama Summerland starring Gemma Arterton, heart-warming comedy drama Military Wives with Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan and Portrait of a Lady on Fire from French director CĂ©line Sciamma.

Families are catered for with the high-energy Trolls World Tour and the most recent Disney Pixar film, Onward.

Tickets must be purchased in advance online at www.saffronscreen.com , at Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre or by calling 01799 524002 (Monday to Saturday, 9.30am-5pm).

Customers should wear a mask throughout the film and follow Government guidelines.



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