The Picture House Uckfield will finally be reopening it’s doors on 31st July after 4 1/2 months of closure.
It has only ever been closed twice before in all its 104 years for a brief period at the beginning of World War II and then for one week when it moved from one screen to two screens in 1979.
The Picture House has weathered the dark days of cinema during the 80’s and 90’s when video rental shops and the VHS threatened it’s survival but the Markwick family have cleverly managed it through these difficult times. However nothing has threatened it’s survival like the recent pandemic.
2019 was The Picture House’s best year in it’s history with admissions at their highest level since it’s heady days of the 1940’s and 50’s. This has been an extremely testing and worrying time for this family run cinema. It has been a hard decision to reopen as distributors continually move release dates. The Picture House has a loyal customer base and their loyalty will hopefully help ride this storm.
Cinema owner, Kevin Markwick has been recording a lock down podcast with fellow film lovers including Robin Ince, Peter Curran and Francine Stock. He is currently recording a reopening diary for Radio 4’s Film Programme. https://kevinmarkwick.libsyn.com/
The films schedule to play on the reopening day are:
Onward – U
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker – PG
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – PG
Summerland – 12a
Trolls: World Tour
Unhinged – 15