Cinemas are set to reopen across the Republic of Ireland today, welcoming audiences back to the big screen for the first time in over 5 months.  

Irish operators can once again open their doors as restrictions are further eased on the road out of lockdown. With audiences keen to safely enjoy out-of-home entertainment after a long hiatus, cinema provides a much needed and ideal escape to the excitement of the big screen experience.

Cinemas in Northern Ireland were already given the green light to open from 24 May, following screens reopening in England, Scotland and Wales from 17 May. To date, even with safeguarding measures and currently limited auditorium capacities, the sector has witnessed a successful return to cinemagoing.

The Republic of Ireland has traditionally delivered one of the highest customer footfall rates in Europe and should hit the ground running. All five home nations will now be in operation for the first time this year with a strong slate of films awaiting cinemagoers over the coming months.