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Saffron Screen returns with socially distanced 'sell-out' screenings of Parasite and Military Wives




Uttlesford's independent community cinema has reopened with two "sell-out" screenings.

British comedy drama Military Wives, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan and Jason Flemyng, and Oscar-winning South Korean black comedy thriller Parasite will be back at the end of the month, along with a host of other films, as Saffron Screen returns to its usual programme of movies showing from Friday to Monday.

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

Empty seats between groups as Saffron Screen returns to action. Picture: Celia Bartlett (42176227)
Empty seats between groups as Saffron Screen returns to action. Picture: Celia Bartlett (42176227)

Photographer Celia Bartlett was on hand to document the relaunch of the cinema at Audley End Road in Saffron Walden.

Movie buffs remarked on the clear signage and safety measures, which included significantly reduced capacity in the 200-seat auditorium, empty seats between booking groups, a one-way system to enable social distancing and thorough and regular cleaning between screenings.

There were also temperature checks for all staff, volunteers and customers on arrival, and staff and customers wore masks.

Temperature checks for staff, volunteers and customers. Picture: Celia Bartlett (42176225)
Temperature checks for staff, volunteers and customers. Picture: Celia Bartlett (42176225)

The not-for-profit cinema will continue to programme films on a fortnightly basis until further notice. It urges customers to sign up to its weekly email and social media to stay abreast of new films and changes.

Buy tickets online at www.saffronscreen.com , at Saffron Walden's Tourist Information Centre and now also by phone on 01799 524002 (Monday to Saturday, 9.30am-5pm).



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