A CINEMA in Bury has announced it is among a wave of picture house to reopen this week.

The Vue at The Rock will be relaunching in time for the debut of the new Christopher Nolan epic Tenet.

Starring John David Washington, the cast also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Martin Donovan, Fiona Dourif, with cameos from Michael Caine and Kenneth Brannagh.

Fan favourite films such as the Harry Potter series and La La Land have also been lined up for showing after lockdown, alongside classics such as The Empire Strikes Back.

Cinema bosses say they have been mindful of ensuring moviegoers safety as they gear up for reopening, with the pandemic still present.

Online booking, enhanced cleaning protocols and personal protective equipment for staff, as well as socially-distanced seating and reduced touch points have all been considered ahead of reopening. Staff are also undergoing intensive training ahead of the doors being unlocked on Friday, August 21.

Staggered film times will also be employed so there is more emphasis on distancing and less people in the foyer and corridors at any one time.

Sharon Harris, General Manager at Vue Bury The Rock, said: “We’re really pleased to be preparing to reopen our cinema once again and we look forward to welcoming film fans back soon.

“We’ve been working hard to ensure our site here in Bury meets safety protocols in line with the latest government guidance.”

She says that all safety measures will also be clearly signposted at the entrances and throughout the building, and will be in line with government and public health guidance

Customers will be required to wear a face covering during their visit, although this can be removed to consume food and drink. Customers will also be required to take part in the test and trace initiative to help keep themselves and others safe.

Sharon added: “We want film-lovers in Bury and surrounding areas to know that the quality of our viewing experience remains unchanged and customers will continue to enjoy the best audio and picture quality in big screen entertainment, especially with the upcoming release of hotly anticipated titles such as Tenet. We hope film-fans are excited as us at the return of the big screen where films like this are supposed to be seen.”