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Covid-19 / Coronavirus

UPDATE, 30 JUNE: The HIC Board of Trustees has decided that we will not be screening any films during what would have been our July to September season, even though cinemas have been given permission to reopen from Saturday 4 July onwards.

We know that one of our venues, Hull Truck Theatre, will not be reopening until much later in the year. Our other main venue, Vue Cinema in Princes Quay, is planning to reopen soon, but that could easily change due to circumstances beyond our control. Even if they do reopen as planned we do not yet know if they would be able to accommodate our screenings.

While we do have some financial costs that still need covering, we have no venue of our own to pay for or maintain, and no paid staff, and good levels of cash reserves. Therefore, we are not under financial pressure to restart screening films until we are certain that we can do so in a way that keeps our audiences, our volunteers, and the staff at our venues, safe.

We have already extended the expiry dates of all active HIC memberships when our March to June season was cancelled, and we will do so again to ensure no-one is paying for a membership they cannot use.

We will add updates to this page as needed. We will also communicate changes via our social media pages and by email. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or sign up for email news at the bottom of this page.

UPDATE, 6:15pm, 20 MARCH: It’s with a heavy heart we are cancelling our April-June 2020 season of film as well as July’s Hull Film Festival 2020, due to the Government advice for tackling Covid-19 / Coronavirus, and discussions with our screening venues.

But fear not! We have a great film freebie to keep you entertained at home in our absence – full details here.

UPDATE, 11:15am, 17 MARCH: Following yesterday’s announcement by the Government of updated advice for tackling Covid-19 / Coronavirus, and discussions with our venues and ticketing partners, we regret to announce that our screenings of LITTLE JOE this evening and PARASITE next week are now cancelled. We will arrange for all advance ticket holders to be contacted directly and receive refunds.

Our new season of films from April to June will also be cancelled.

We’d like to say thank you to our members and customers for your support, patience and understanding while we have been managing this situation. As a volunteer-run organisation we’re in a better position financially to get through this shutdown than many other organisations in the cinema and other entertainment and cultural industries. As soon as circumstances allow we’ll be back to bringing you fantastic films; we can’t wait to see you all again.

We will add updates to this page as needed. We will also communicate changes via our social media pages and by email. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or sign up for email news at the bottom of this page.

You can find the current Government advice on Covid-19 / Coronavirus here.