Licensing panel grants Chiswick Cinema operational changes

Chiswick cinema, due to open spring 2021, has been granted greater flexibility with its opening hours and the number of people it can entertain.

The cinema’s organisers applied to LB Hounslow’s Licensing Panel for restrictions of the number of people allowed to use the first floor terrace and the first floor restaurant to be removed, as well as slightly extended operating hours.

The panel granted the application, agreeing that capacity limits were already specified within the fire safety regulations and an additional limit was not necessary. Films are now allowed to be shown from 8.00am to midnight Sunday-Thursday and from 8.00am to 1.00am Friday and Saturday.

Founder and project director, Lyn Goleby, said in 2020 the cinema was due to open in April 2021. But this has been pushed back until least 17 May under Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Customers will likely be expected to comply with social distancing measures such as face coverings and the one-metre rule.

The Chiswick Cinema will be the first of its kind since 1934. It will have five screens, a restaurant and a private members’ restaurant and bar. It will also have private dining and screening rooms. 

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