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Tenet, Unhinged, The Invisible Man and Onward among films on screen as Empire cinema in Bishop's Stortford announces reopening

Bishop's Stortford's main cinema has announced that it is to reopen this week after being closed for five months throughout lockdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Empire in the Anchor Street leisure complex will welcome back film fans on Wednesday afternoon (August 26) with a blockbuster: Inception, The Dark Knight, Interstellar and Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan's spy-fi action thriller Tenet.

The 2hr and 30min epic starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh will be screened seven times a day for nine days in four of the six auditoria.

Empire Cinema, Bishops Stortford..Pic: Vikki Lince. (41048288)
Empire Cinema, Bishops Stortford..Pic: Vikki Lince. (41048288)

The cinema has revealed a much-restricted schedule so far, with only six other films – Russell Crowe road rage thriller Unhinged, sci-fi horror The Invisible Man, British comedy drama Military Wives and animations Disney Pixar's Onward, DreamWorks' sequel Trolls World Tour and 100% Wolf – being screened once or twice this Wednesday and Thursday.

Cinema-goers must wear face coverings, though they may be removed to eat and drink.

The Empire chain – which has 14 cinemas in England and Scotland with 131 screens – has implemented a range of measures to ensure social distancing for the safety and wellbeing of customers and staff.

These include socially distanced seating, more time between screenings and monitoring capacity at all times as well as online booking and cashless payments only. There are protective screens, PPE in use, enhanced cleaning and hand sanitiser stations.

Empire said: "We would like to assure you that we are doing everything we can to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on your return."


  • Tenet (12A) – Wed Aug 26-Thu Sept 3: 2.00 3.00 3.30 (Wed Aug 26 only) 4.30 7.00 7.15 7.30 8.00
  • Onward (U) – Wed Aug 26 & Thu Aug 27: 2.15, 5.15
  • 100% Wolf (PG) – Wed Aug 26 & Thu Aug 27: 2.30, 5.00
  • The Invisible Man (15) – Wed Aug 26: 7.45
  • Unhinged (15) – Wed Aug 26 & Thu Aug 27: 8.00
  • Trolls World Tour (U) – Thu Aug 27: 2.00 4.45
  • Military Wives (12A) – Thu Aug 27: 7.45

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