Get your popcorn at the ready, because cinemas are set to reopen in Wales on Monday 17th May following a long period of closure across the UK. To celebrate their reopening, we’ve put together a great list of cinematic songs to get you excited for the return of the big screen with our Songs for the Cinema playlist featuring artists such as Audrey Hepburn, Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, Van Morrison and many more.
First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that, as of Monday, Wales’ alert level will be lowered to level 2 meaning cinemas, as well as other indoor venues, will be allowed to reopen. Independent cinemas will make their own decisions surrounding individual reopening, with many opting to show a mix of new titles and recent releases. Films already available on streaming services are also due for theatrical release, including Best Picture winner Nomadland, as well as acclaimed titles Sound of Metal and Mianri. Other films due for release include Judas and the Black Messiah and Ammonite.
Cinema-lovers can expect to see a few differences to their pre-covid cinema trips with social distancing measures still in place, staggered show start times and limited ticket sales. Still, cinemas reopening marks an important step in the right direction after a difficult year for the film industry – one that has been especially challenging for smaller, independent cinemas. So dim the lights, grab your favourite Pick ‘n’ Mix, and feel the magic of the movies with our Songs for the Cinema playlist.
Listen to our songs for the cinema playlist below.
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Songs For the Cinema