After much thought we have made the decision not to re-open Belmont Filmhouse over the festive period. While we would have loved nothing more than to switch the lights back on at Belmont Filmhouse, illuminating our little stretch of Belmont Street, and welcome you in to enjoy the magic of film, the ongoing public health environment locally has made short-term planning incredibly challenging and we’ve now reached a point where we can no longer delay a decision.
While we’re confident in the COVID-19 precautions in place in our cinema, we’re also keenly aware of our staff and customers well-being and their need for certainty over Xmas. We have limited control over the Test and Protect system and wouldn't want to risk anyone being instructed to self-isolate at this time of year.
We know that many of you were looking forward to seeing our usual lineup of Xmas films. We also know that we’re an important community hub for many people.
We want to reassure everyone that Belmont Filmhouse will reopen in 2021 as soon as we can. If conditions allow that in January, all the better. Although things remain challenging, due to the support of our audiences and funders and the hard work of our team we’re well positioned to open again when it makes sense to do so. We hope you understand.
Until then have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year, however you spend it. It’s heartbreaking for us not to show Home Alone, Muppets Xmas Carol and of course It’s A Wonderful Life, but heartwarming to know we’ll be able to get back to it when we can. It’s been a long year for us all and we’re hopeful that 2021 will be much better.