Independent Gloucester cinema announces reopening

A date has been set, and a very apt film named, for the anticipated reopening of Gloucester’s much-loved independent Sherborne Cinema.

A date has been revealed for the reopening of Gloucester’s much-loved independent Sherborne Cinema, closed like so many more due to the pandemic.

Mark Cunningham, who owns and runs the popular Sherborne Street venue, said he hoped it would emerge from lockdown on 17 May 2021, in line with the government’s roadmap for reopening.

Expect the Kingsholm cinema to be sporting a track and trace system, with customers required to wear masks and keep socially distanced – unless they are in family bubbles.

‘Fingers crossed, but we’re planning to open this month. We’ve got social distancing, PPE and a new ventilation system with fogging for your added protection,’ Mark Cunningham said. ‘We’re all looking forward to welcoming you back.’

If all goes to plan, opening night will be Monday 17 May 2021, with Cinema Paradiso shown at 7.30pm daily for four days.

On Friday 21 May 2021, for six days (not including Sunday) at 7.30pm, the main attraction changes to Stray, with other films planned including Raya and The Last Dragon, Six Minutes to Midnight, the Oscar-winning Nomadland and Minari.
In October last year the bigger picture for the cinema was very different as it battled to survive and stay open as the pandemic raged.

Its importance was recognised by the BFI (British Film Institute), which gave it £8,940 of Government money to assist its cause.

With that boost Mr Cunningham vowed to try to stay open, despite a reduced capacity at the 141-seater hall, for safety reasons, pointing to a potential £60,000 loss – if he could limp through to March this year.

In December it looked like that hole would be partially filled when it emerged it was due a further £45,625 from the Culture Recovery Fund, aimed at keeping the business afloat no matter and retaining its five staff and two assistant managers.

By Andrew Merrell


Follow SoGlos on LinkedIn and sign-up to the weekly SoGlos business newsletter for the very latest Gloucestershire business news stories.

© SoGlos
Friday 07 May 2021

More news you might like...

Lest we forget – Forest of Dean-based sculptor and businesswoman, Caroline Horwood, has created a spectacular memorial which records the names of fallen servicemen from Mitcheldean and Abenhall.

The Forest of Dean sculptor creating a memorial to the district's war heroes

It will be a proud and moving moment when the giant stone war memorial to a Forest of Dean parish’s fallen is unveiled this...

The launch of Gloucester’s Levelling Up Fund bid for £20 million of cash. Stephen Marston, vice chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, Esther Croft of Reef Group, Richard Cook, leader of Gloucester City Council, Collette Finnegan, Mayor of Gloucester; Richard Graham MP, Rod Jenner of Dowdeswell Group, and Maisie Gaffney of Gloucester Music Works, one of the first new tenants of The Forum regeneration of King’s Square. Pictures by Mikal Ludlow.

£20 million of Levelling Up Fund cash would be ‘a shot in the arm for the Gloucester’

Business leaders and political masters behind three transformational projects in Gloucester have called on the government to...

Don’t miss the chance to visit the Confetti Flower Field, this June 2021.

Confetti Flower Field to open for summer

SEE THE SOGLOS VIDEO – The dates have been revealed for the 10 days the Confetti Flower Field in Pershore will be open...

The rooms and exhibitions at Sudeley Castle reopen to the public this June 2021, after being closed for 15 months due to the pandemic.

Sudeley Castle reopens fully for the first time since lockdown

The historic Cotswold venue is reopening its indoor rooms and exhibitions for the first time since lockdown began in March...

Nominate your #GlosHeroes for a chance to have them featured on SoGlos.

SoGlos is on the hunt for #GlosHeroes

SoGlos has teamed up with St. James’s Place Wealth Management and Gloucestershire County Council to celebrate the people in...

Don’t miss

Unmissable highlights