It’s time to grab the popcorn as cinema returns to Stamford Arts Centre at last.

If you’ve missed going out to see a film on a big screen with actual other people, turn off Netflix and grab a ticket for the new season sharpish!

From Friday June 25 , the socially distanced cinema experience makes a return to this lovely Georgian theatre for the first time since March 2020 and it’s a big ‘welcome back’ from us here at ESP.

Reserved seating at the venue is available on a socially distanced basis, under current Government guidance, so make sure you book early.

Cllr Rosemary Trollope-Bellew, Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy at South Kesteven District Council, said: “As we build back our cultural offer at our venues in the district, we know how loved Stamford Arts Centre is within the community and want to make sure that audiences return to the venue feeling safe and comfortable, as well as able to lose themselves in the experience of a good film for a few hours.”

The Arts Centre team will make sure audiences feel as comfortable as possible on their return.

“We want visitors to feel safe and able to enjoy their experience in our cinema,” said Box Office Supervisor Ben Reynolds.

“It has been a long time since people have been able to sit in the auditorium, but we haven’t been completely out of action. Our online programme of events has been very successful and we know that many are looking forward to returning to the cinema too.”

Tickets are on sale now and as you might expect, there is a whole range of award-winners, indie hits and Hollywood blockbusters on offer, including Best Picture Oscar winners Parasite and Nomadland, as well as the latest Disney live-action Cruella, historical dramas such as The Trial of the Chicago 7 and, of course, recorded theatre with Kinky Boots – The Musical.

If you want to be able to support Stamford Arts Centre further you can sign up to their membership scheme. Becoming a Friend of Stamford Cinema gives you money off cinema tickets, priority booking and your first two cinema tickets free.

At only £25 for an annual subscription, the local arts venue is hoping that audiences will support them as they return to more regular activity this year.

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