NORTHUMBERLAND’S only full-time, independent cinema is throwing open its doors after seven months of closure.

Forum Cinema Hexham will reopen on May 21 giving cinema-goers the big screen experience once again after a period of online screenings.

A number of safety measures will be implemented to ensure the health and safety of staff and customers, including an altered auditorium and reduced booking capacity.

Enhanced cleaning, one-way systems, face coverings and socially distanced seating will also form part of the cinema experience.

“Over the past year we’ve taken the time to reaffirm our values and mission as a community cinema and our aim is to provide amazing film experiences for all audiences”, said David Nixon, cinema manager.

“Whether you come to the cinema for a film screening, whether you watch a film at home on our forthcoming online, streaming platform or whether you come along to one of our outdoor screenings. We want to create community through Forum experiences.”

The Forum’s reopening plans include screenings of Bafta and Oscar-winning drama and collaborative events with Hexham Book Festival.

The cinema is also looking to the future with the forthcoming launch of their new, online streaming platform, Forum Cinema at Home, which will enable customers to watch films and support the cinema from the comfort of their own home, as well as the launch of a new, free membership for 16–25-year-olds with discounts for young people.

More outdoor screenings are also planned for the summer.

For more information about the health and safety measures the cinema has put in place and to book tickets, visit