Cinema screenings return to Honiton Beehive and audiences welcomed back after seven-month break

Cinema screenings return to the Beehive community centre in Honiton after a seven-month break because of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Socially-distanced cinema screenings begin on Friday, October 30, at the Dowell Street venue, and run until Christmas.

A spokeswoman for the events said: “We cannot wait to safely welcome our audiences back into the building to experience the sheer joy of escaping for a couple of hours and enjoying a film on the big screen in all its technicolour glory.”

A half-term treat for families is being shown on Friday, October 30, at 3pm, with the screening of Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! (U).

In the evening, starting at 7.30pm, the rom-com Love Sarah (12A) will be shown, directed by Eliza Schroeder and starring Celia Imrie, Bill Paterson, Shannon Tarbet, Shelley Conn and Rupert Penry-Jones.

Screenings in November and December include National Theatre Live: War Horse, Military Wives (12A), Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Back Together and The Secret Garden (PG).

The Beehive has introduced measures to make it a Covid-secure venue, following government guidelines.

Fewer visitors will be admitted to allow for social distancing and alternate rows of seats will be in use, with two empty seats between each bubble.

Safeguarding screens have been installed at the reception desk and bar.

Staff and volunteers are regularly disinfecting contact points in the building and there is an enhanced cleaning regime.

Face coverings must be worn, unless exempt, and may only be taken off to eat and drink when seated inside the auditorium.

Tickets are available online here, or by phone 01404 384050, but not in person.

Test and trace details can be added during the ticket buying process.

Refreshments can be pre-ordered for collection on arrival.

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