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Saturday, September 3rd sees participating cinemas selling seats for just £3! The cinema event has returned. National Cinema Day is Back!

Many years ago, the UK held a yearly National Cinema Day. Every film in participating cinemas could be viewed for only £1 a seat. My brother and I naturally participated. But we didn’t go locally. We traveled up to London’s West End and saw four films in a day on the biggest screens in the country. We did that every year for around four years. Then it seemed to stop for some reason. But there is great news on the horizon.

Next Saturday, the 3rd of September will see the return of National Cinema Day. Over 600 cinemas across the UK will open their doors to everyone with seats costing only £3 each. This includes some of London’s biggest screens. The cinema chains Odeon and Cineworld are participating. But some smaller, independent cinemas will also be joining in the fun. And with some of the biggest and best in cinematic entertainment, there is something for everyone.



On Saturday 3 September, cinemas across the UK will be offering everyone the chance of a cinema visit for just £3 under the banner of National Cinema Day. Over [600] cinemas will participate in the event, including not just major UK cinema chains but also a wide range of smaller cinema operators and venues. Echoing the success of similar ‘cinema day’ events of the late 1990s, National Cinema Day is intended first and foremost to be a celebration of UK cinema and cinema-going, the country’s most popular out-of-home leisure activity. With the aim of encouraging and enabling as wide an audience of cinema-goers as possible to enjoy the big screen experience, National Cinema Day comes at a time when the sector has shown strong recovery from the impacts of the pandemic, with both box office and admissions now tracking at 80% of the record-breaking levels seen in 2018 and 2019, themselves the biggest years for cinema-going since1970.

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That success shows that while many still enjoy watching films on streaming and other services at home, nothing compares to the sights, sounds, and sheer immersive experience of watching a film in its natural home, the cinema theatre. National Cinema Day has been developed by the cross-industry body Cinema First and is supported by the Film Distributors’ Association and the UK Cinema Association. The event will be promoted through an ambitious and wide-ranging marketing campaign.

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Looking forward to this weekend’s event, Iain Jacob, Chair of Cinema First, said:

“There seems no better time than now to celebrate UK cinema-going, one of the nation’s favorite out-of-home leisure activities. Coming off the back of a very strong summer for the sector and looking forward to further film highlights over the rest of the year, we wanted to give everyone a chance to enjoy the big screen experience. While all the evidence confirms that cinema-going is amongst the most low-cost, best value-for-money leisure opportunities, we also of course recognize that there are significant impacts on household finances, brought about by the current cost of living crisis and wanted to do our bit to make a trip to the cinema even more affordable for the whole family. We look forward to National Cinema Day being a huge success”

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For further information on National Cinema Day, and details on those UK cinema sites that are participating in the event, they can be found on the National Cinema Day website here.

Will you be participating in National Cinema Day? How many films do you intend to see? Do you support national Cinema Day? Drop us a line in the comments section below!

Source: NationalCinemaDay.UK



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