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Bluewater cinema set to reopen in middle of next month

Top line-up of films for the rest of the year – let's hope for no more lockdowns

The Showcase Cinema de Luxe at Bluewater is set to reopen on May 17, Government permitting. On that day all Showcase Cinemas will reopen in England and Scotland in line with Stage 3 of the Government’s reopening plan. 

There’s plenty for film fans to look forward to, with blockbusters such as Black Widow, Top Gun: Maverick, Fast & Furious 9, A Quiet Place Part 2, Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Mission Impossible 7 all set to be released this year. 

There’s also going to be plenty of new films for families to take advantage of, with Peter Rabbit 2, Croods 2, Hotel Transylvania 4, Jungle Cruise, Cruella and Space Jam: A New Legacy all hitting the big screen before the end of July. Plus September sees the release of the much-anticipated next instalment of the James Bond franchise, No Time To Die. 

Showcase will be hosting some special events, plus exciting screenings and promotions to welcome back guests.

Mark Barlow, general manager at Showcase Cinemas, says: “It’s fair to say it’s been a while since our guests were able to experience films where they are meant to be seen – the big screen. We’re really excited to welcome you all back from May 17, with an amazing line-up of films.

“Our staff and customers’ health has been and will continue to be our top priority. We were delighted with the feedback received from our guests on the safety measures we implemented when we reopened our cinemas last year, under our Be Showcase Safe programme. It will again be in place when we reopen to ensure our guests feel as comfortable as possible at all Showcase cinema locations.”

The Be Showcase Safe programme, introduced last summer, includes staggered film start times, social distancing measures throughout the cinema and enhanced cleaning regimes including a non-chemical anti-viral spray used on every seat after every screening, and added air purifying systems in each auditorium which kill airborne viruses. 

It also introduced new staff/customer hygiene practices including hand sanitiser for guest use, and added protective screens at till points, and full staff training.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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