UK cinemas to close or screen Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday in mark of respect - see full list

Many cinemas will close on Monday for the Queen’s state funeral, or will remain open to screen the event for free

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Cinemas across the UK will close on the day of the Queen’s state funeral while others will remain open to screen the event for free.

Major chains including Cineworld, Odeon, Picturehouse and Showcase will shut their sites on Monday 19 September in a mark of respect.

Smaller operators including The Light will also close their doors for the day.

Meanwhile other cinema chains, such as Curzon and Arc, have chosen to screen the funeral for free and wil cancel the rest of their programming that day.

In a statement on Twitter, Arc said: “We have decided to screen Her Majesty The Queen’s State Funeral on Bank Holiday Monday 19th September at 11am.

“This is a free event but pre-booking your seat is essential. There will be no other shows taking place while the funeral is broadcast.”

Meanwhile Vue said it had cancelled its scheduled screenings on Monday but would open a select number of venues to screen the funeral.

The chain said: “Seats will be free of charge and we will close our retail stands, but will offer complimentary bottled water during the broadcast.

“We will also be screening the London Procession in the majority of our UK venues on Wednesday, 14 September. On this day all other screens will be open showing film content as normal.”

The UK release of romantic comedy Ticket To Paradise, starring Hollywood A-listers George Clooney and Julia Roberts, has also been pushed back from 16 September until the day after the funeral.

Tuesday 20 September also marks the end of the period of national mourning.

Do cinemas have to close?

Government guidance says: “Organisations may choose to close on the day of the State Funeral, however there is no obligation to do so and this is at the discretion of individual organisations.

“As with other organisations, these institutions may wish to display or share images of previous Royal visits, particularly if they are one of Her Majesty’s patronages.”

Phil Clapp, chief executive of the UK Cinema Association, said that while there is no requirement to close “clearly all UK cinema operators are sensitive to the public mood and are responding accordingly at what is a very sad time for many across the country.”

Mr Clapp said his current understanding was that 150 UK sites plan to screen the funeral.

Which other venues will be closed?

Public museums, galleries and other arts and culture venues are not obliged to close during this time - although some will.

Most theatres in central London will close on Monday with the Society of London Theatre (Solt) and UK Theatre saying the decision had been made “out of respect for all who are mourning”.

The organisations added in a joint statement: “Throughout the period of national mourning, performances will go ahead as planned but we would advise audiences coming into central London to allow more time for their journeys to and from the theatre from Wednesday when the Queen will be lying in state.

“In regards to the national one minute silence at 8pm on Sunday 18 September, shows that are playing on that evening will mark this prior to curtain up.”

Historic and heritage sites, such as Stonehenge, HMS Belfast and Hadrian’s Wall, have also announced plans to close on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

Meanwhile retailers Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Lidl and Asda have also said they will be closed on Monday 19 September.

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