Cinemas and theatres close and events to be cancelled

Cinemas and theatres close and events to be cancelled
Knights Park Odeon cinema

The Odeon is among a number of major chains to close, with Cineworld and Picturehouse also announcing they will temporarily shut.

An Odeon spokesperson said: “In line with the latest Government guidance on Covid-19, we are temporarily closing our cinemas.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and look forward to welcoming back guests as soon possible.”

The Assembly Hall Theatre has also closed with immediate effect.

In a statement, the Council-run theatre said yesterday: “The Assembly Hall Theatre regretfully inform our audiences and communities, following the official Government advice issued on Monday, of the immediate closure of our venue.

“Our venue will remain closed until further notice and will re-open as soon as possible following Government recommendations.

“Audience members for an event that has been cancelled will be contacted by their respective ticket providers/venue, and full refunds for tickets and any fees paid will be issued.”

The theatre admitted that the closure would not only affect its audience ‘but also our staff, casual workers, producers, performers, artists and suppliers each of whom we thank for their dedication and commitment during recent weeks and for many of whom this will negatively impact’.

The Trinity Theatre has also announced it will close, with a spokesperson saying: “Following the latest scientific advice given by the Government yesterday we regret to inform you that we will close from today, March 17, for a minimum of three weeks.”

She added that while refunds would be given by the charity ‘where possible, if you can, do please consider converting your tickets to either, donations or spendable credit on your Trinity account.

The EM Forster Theatre in Tonbridge has also announced it is to close – but for eight weeks.

A spokesperson said: “We will be contacting all affected companies, artists and ticket holders as soon as we can; we ask for your patience and understanding as we do this.”

Tom Kerridge has also announced he is rescheduling his Pub in the Park Summer tour.

The celebrity chef has moved the Dunorlan Park event to August 21-23. It was due to take place on the weekend of July 10-12.

Mr Kerridge said the vast majority of the music, including headline acts, chefs and restaurants line-up, will remain the same.

He added: “We would like to thank the chefs, restaurants, venues, local authorities, artists and many of our other contributors who have shown their unwavering support of Pub in the Park to enable us to rearrange our plans. In the meantime, we want you all to keep healthy and look after each other.”

Tunbridge Wells’ most iconic music venue has also closed temporarily.

The Forum will be closed until April 5.

In a statement they said: “We have decided the best thing is to, for the first time in over 27 years, close the doors of The Forum temporarily while we all try to get through this pandemic together.”

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