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Socially distanced cinema returns to Millennium Point with these three classic films

Posted on Thursday August 6, 2020

Back by popular demand, MP Presents is offering film fans the chance to get up close to the big screen whilst remaining safely distanced from each other, with three screenings of classic films.

Perfect for families, cult film fans and those looking for a fun evening out with friends, we’ve chosen three more films which will be screened in our award-winning venue’s giant Auditorium (formerly the IMAX cinema) over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. We’re kicking off this triple bank holiday treat with one of cinema’s finest films, The Shawshank Redemption, on Thursday 27th August followed by Disney Pixar’s animated classic Toy Story and the jukebox musical favourite Mamma Mia! on Friday 28th August in the morning and evening respectively. Each ticket also includes extras such as drinks, sweets and popcorn.

This announcement comes after the overwhelmingly positive response we received from our first series of socially distanced screenings last month, where cinema-goers complimented the measures we had implemented to keep people safe while providing a fun and sociable cinema experience.

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Images were above taken from our socially distanced screenings in July

How have we made it safe?
The award-winning events team at Millennium Point has been working hard to implement new hygiene and safety measures, to ensure all government guidelines are met. The Auditorium, which at full capacity can host 354 people, has been reduced to 181 seats to allow for physical distancing between cinema-goers, and all seats will be allocated in advance to pre-paid ticket holders. A deep clean will be carried out between performances and all screenings will be contactless and cash-free and staff and cinema-goers alike will be wearing facemasks. Specific details for measures we have taken can be found on each booking page (see bottom of this blog).
Following our socially distanced family screening of Trolls: World Tour, one satisfied cinema-goer commented:

“I just wanted to say how great mine and family’s experience was watching trolls today. I was very anxious but was immediately put at ease from all things you had implemented to make it COVID safe. It was lovely to do something normal again with my child without a worry. So thank you very much!”

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Prices and extras included in Tickets
Tickets are available to purchase in advance on Eventbrite. Tickets can only be purchased in bundles with assigned seating to observe social distancing. Tickets for Toy Story are priced at £7.50 (plus booking fee) and include a drink and sweets for each child. Thursday night’s screening of The Shawshank Redemption includes two drinks in the £15 (plus booking fee) ticket price. Finally, Mamma Mia! includes a mini-bottle of bubbles and popcorn also for £15 (plus booking fee). Drinks and snacks, including some cheap deals, will also be available to purchase at our cashless bar at each screening.

Why are we doing this?
As the country starts to emerge from lockdown, we wanted to put on a series of fun and affordable events that appeal to a wide range of people, from families and couples to groups of friends. Cinema is a great form of escapism and watching films on our giant screen is a truly memorable experience, which we hope will offer a safe and enjoyable way for people to spend time together.

The whole team at Millennium Point has gone above and beyond to make sure we can safely adapt our spaces. We have a huge amount of experience in running events of all sizes, and our first priority was to make the venue as safe as possible. With the range of measures that we’ve put in place, we’re excited to get our events back underway, and can’t wait to welcome visitors to enjoy their cinema experience over the coming weeks.

Where can you get tickets?
To book tickets for the of the Millennium Point cinema screening, please visit:
https://www.millenniumpoint.org.uk/social-distancing-screenings-millennium-point/ 

Screening times and prices:
The Shawshank Redeption (15) – Thursday 27th August – 6.30pm doors, 7.30pm start – £15pp (plus fees) inc. two drinks (2 – 4 tickets per booking)
Toy Story (PG) – Friday 28th August – 1:45pm doors, 2:30pm start – £7.50pp inc. drink and sweets for children (plus fees) (2 – 4 tickets per booking)
Mamma Mia! (PG) – Saturday 1st August – 6:00pm doors, 7:30pm start– £15pp (plus fees) inc. mini-bottle of prosecco and popcorn (2 – 4 tickets per booking)

Please note, ID checks will be in operation and anyone under 18 will not be allowed the sale of alcohol.


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Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands.