Two people queing at the Gulbenkian

Gulbenkian cinema to reopen

The Gulbenkian Cinema will reopen on 20 August.

The opening two weeks will see a mix of new films, including Clemency, Summerlandand Parasite, plus the return of EmmaJojo Rabbit and 1917.

The popular family screenings are also back on Sunday afternoons, with Onward and Trolls World Tour the first offerings.

Initially the cinema will screen films Thursday to Sunday, to test audience demand, but the team aim to return to a full offering in September.

The team at Gulbenkian have been busy putting in place systems to support social distancing, as Operations Director David Haigh explains:

‘Gulbenkian is an independent arts centre with a strong sense of community. It has been so sad to see the building empty these last few months and we are all looking forward to being open again.

‘We have put a lot of thought into how we maintain our friendly, personal welcome whilst keeping staff and audiences safe. We have reduced our cinema capacity, put in place clear one way systems and improved our online booking process to ensure the public can book and visit with confidence – and you can expect the usual cheerful welcome from our front of house team.’

The first tickets went on sale from Friday 7 August, and full details can be found online at