Many of the UK’s cinemas will close on the day of the Queen’s state funeral, while others will remain open to screen the event for free, they said.
Major chains, including Cineworld, Odeon and Showcase, will close their sites on September 19th as a sign of respect.
Smaller operators, including The Light, which has cinemas in locations like Cambridge, Sheffield and Stockport, will also close their doors for the day.
Other movie chains, including Curzon and Arc, chose to screen the funeral for free by canceling the rest of their programming that day.
Arc said in a Twitter statement: “We must decide to screen Her Majesty the Queen’s state funeral on public holidays on Monday, September 19 at 11:00.
“This is a free event but it is essential to book your seat in advance. There will be no other performances during the funeral broadcast. “
Vue, meanwhile, said it had canceled its scheduled screenings for Monday but would open a select number of venues to screen the funeral.
“The seats will be free and we will close our retail stands, but we will offer free bottled water during the broadcast,” the chain said in a statement.
“On Wednesday 14th September we will also screen the London Procession in most of our UK venues. On this day all other screens will be open to show the film content as usual. “
The UK release of the romantic comedy Ticket To Paradise, starring George Clooney and Hollywood star Julia Roberts, has also been postponed from September 16-20, the day after the funeral.
The period of national mourning also ends on Tuesday.
Public museums, galleries and other places of art and culture are not required to close during this period, although some have.
The government leadership says, “Organizations may choose to close on the day of the state funeral, however there is no requirement to do so and this is at the discretion of individual organizations.
“As with other organizations, these institutions may wish to show or share images of previous royal visits, particularly if they are one of Her Majesty’s patronages.”
Phil Clapp, Chief Executive of the UK Cinema Association, said: “Although we have shared an official guide with our members suggesting that there is no need to shut down, clearly all UK cinema operators are sensitive to the mood of the audience and respond to consequence of what is a very sad time for many across the country ”.
Clapp said his current understanding is that 150 sites in the UK are planning to screen the funeral.
Most theaters in central London will also close on Monday with the Society of London Theater (Solt) and the UK Theater saying the decision was made “out of respect for all mourners”.
The organizations added in a joint statement: “During the national mourning period, the performances will go on as planned, but we advise audiences arriving in central London to allow more time for their travel to and from the theater from Wednesday, when the queen will be lying in state.
“As for the national minute of silence at 8 pm on Sunday 18 September, the shows scheduled for that evening will mark it before the curtain rises”.
These are historical and heritage sites, such as Stonehenge, HMS Belfast and Hadrian’s Wall, which have also announced plans to close on the day of the queen’s funeral.
Retailers Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Lidl and Asda have also said they will close.