Watershed reopens after five-month closure

A new programme will include cinematic classics such as Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight and Mark Jenkin’s Bait

From Tuesday 1 September, Watershed will be open to the public once more, complete with full social distancing measures.

There will be a one-way system in the building and frequent hand-sanitising stations as well as reduced capacity in cinemas and the cafe.

Customers will be asked to book a table in the cafe in advance to avoid disappointment and it will be possible to order food via phone, laptop or tablet using the free wifi. Where possible, customers will be expected to wear face coverings in cinemas.

Cinema curator Mark Cosgrove says of the reopening programme: “Thinking about what our reopening programme would be, I wanted to present films which have at their very core the essence of the cinematic – that unique intense experience shared in the darkened auditorium.”

Highlights of the programme include: Suhaib Gasmelbari’s documentary Talking About Trees, Mati Diop’s award-winning Atlantics, Diao Yinan’s The Wild Goose Lake and Céline Sciamma’s feature Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

To support Watershed in reopening, donations can be made at watershed.co.uk/support-us.

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