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Covid 19 Impact Statement

Hosting an event with the current restrictions is much more difficult than normal and as such we’re asking our guests to help us ensure that we can put on a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.


Social distancing will be in place and we ask that you respect each others space.  Should you wish to wear a mask then please do so.


Smoking/Vaping will not be permitted in the viewing area.  You must move to the rear of the seating area should you wish to do so.


As ever you’re welcome to bring a picnic, however to protect our staff we’re asking that all packaging is take home, this is really important and will impact on our ability to host future nights if it doesn’t happen.


There will be a toilets on site and we’ll be asking guests to use antibacterial gel before and after use, A queuing system will be in place so use will take longer than expected


We’re asking this year that guests do not bring alcohol on site, there will be a bar on site with prices set to reflect this.  Social distancing can be tricky in the dark and by not permitting guests to bring large amounts of there own drink on site will help everyone enjoy their night.  Non alcoholic drinks are of course welcome.


If at all possible please print your ticket, we’ll have more staff on duty than normal but we anticipate scanning will take a little longer than normal.


Ushers will help you seat and fill the viewing area from the front working back. 


Before you book your tickets please remember that the current guidelines stipulate that you may not meet in a group of more than 6 people outside from different households.  The viewing area will have markers indicating 2 metre intervals to assist in distancing from those outside your family ‘bubble’.  


These guidelines mean that you will not be able to sit with guests outside your bubble, the viewing area will be filled in arrival order.  Full guidelines can be found here or at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


One way systems will be in place, using these will help minimise crowding and breaking social distancing measures
Our film choices have had to change to comply with the pandemic and we’re not currently allowed to show sing-along films or permit our usual danceathon at the end of Dirty Dancing.

One final thing  – like lots of small businesses we’re really pleased to be back, we’re grateful for your continued support and we’re confident that the Sundown Team will give you a night to remember – even if it is a little different – if we make a mistake, or something’s not up to our usual standard – please do let us know and be kind to our staff on the night, they’ve been through lockdown too with all the same worries and concerns as the rest of us – Take care of yourselves and we look forward to seeing you soon.

This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation and this information is subject to change at short/no notice. Updated 21 July 2020.

Some FAQs specifically related to Covid-19 are outlined below. Should you have any further questions please email tickets@sundowncinema.co.uk

  • What happens if I purchase a ticket and the event is subsequently cancelled/postponed?
    We will either honour your ticket for any booking in 2020-2021 subject to availability or refund your ticket in full
  • What happens if I am ill/self isolating or I need to care for a close family relative?
    We will either honour your ticket for any booking in 2020-2021 subject to availability or refund your ticket in full
  • My preferred venue is no longer listed/is not showing any films
    We will not be able to attend all venues this year, some venues may have films added please pop back or add your name to our mailing list.
  • I have a voucher purchased from Sundown Cinema that expires soon/I can no longer use as the films have been cancelled?
    We are automatically extending the voucher lifespan until the end of the 2021 season – you don’t need to do anything, this will be done automatically
  • I have a voucher purchased via a Third Party experience company i.e. Virgin Experience, lastminute.com etc
    You can extend your voucher free of charge fro six months via https://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/myvoucher. If you need to extend longer than this please get in touch with us at experience@sundowncinema.co.uk
  • We would like to book a screen hire but are worried about having to cancel?
    If your booking has to be delayed because of government restrictions around Covid-19 then we will simply rearrange your screening to a mutually convenient date with a guarantee that we will hold the price at 2020 prices even if if you need to extend into 2021
  • Will there be any restrictions/changes at events?
    It is is highly likely that there will be some changes to some of the events that we hold. This could mean that we reduce numbers to ensure that sufficient space is available on site or it may mean that we do not permit food to be consumed on site to prevent the risk of food waste being a transmission route for Covid-19. Full details of any amendments and adjustments will be based upon Government advice and guidelines.
  • Will we be able to sit next to our friends?
    Current Government guidelines are that you can meet with up to 6 people from outside your household but must socially distance. On arrival you will be allocated a seating area, you will not be able to move areas to be closer to your friends.