Hope and joy floating around as Sheffield cinema finally reopens

We’re open! I’m writing this on Monday May 17 – the first day the Showroom Cinema has been open for six months.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 11:22 am
The next stage of restrictions were lifted today as cinemas and indoor hospitality reopend. Pictured at the first film showing at the Showroom was Gabriella Lathan. Picture: Chris Etchells

There’s a real feeling of hope and joy floating around the air, and it genuinely feels great that we can share films we love again. All our staff have worked incredibly hard to make this happen; from the maintenance team who have repainted, sanded and polished the floors, installed new lighting and overseen lots of building improvements; to the cleaners who are working to new procedures to make your visit safe; and our excellent bar and box office teams who are here to offer a helping hand, recommend films and serve you delicious coffee (or a cheeky glass of wine).

I’m also incredibly pleased to see the support we have received from you – our customers. All our evening shows are down to their last few tickets, and though that looks different to what it used to, it’s wonderful to feel so supported. Particularly as we opened on a Monday, with all films shown with caption subtitles for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences. We’ve been running Subtitled Mondays for many years, an offer that is designed to boost the number of captioned screenings that we screen. Every Monday, we show everything that we can with captions, all day. Generally, this includes most of our programme, but sometimes some smaller, more independent films that we book do not have any captions available – this is something that we hope the wider film industry will begin to address. This week, every film that we have booked has captions, so every single showing on our re-opening day is a little bit more accessible.

Next week, all the films from our re-opening week will remain on the programme, so you still have a chance to catch Nomadland, Judas & the Black Messiah, Minari, Ammonite and Sound of Metal. Also from this Friday we’ll also be opening with Billie Piper’s directorial debut Rare Beasts – a bold, pitch-black romantic comedy, a stunning archival documentary surrounding Stalin’s funeral State Funeral; and My New York Year, a big-hearted drama about an aspiring writer. See our full programme at showroomworkstation.org.uk.