Tickets are now on sale for Liverpool’s first pilot event which will test the safety of mass gatherings.
The Luna Cinema on the waterfront will see a non-socially distanced open-air cinema experience brought to a hidden location tucked away along the waterfront, near Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
Across three nights, the country’s leading producer of outdoor cinema activities will show the following blockbusters:
Friday, April 23 – The Greatest Showman (2017, 100 mins, cert PG)
Saturday, April 24 – Dirty Dancing (1987, 96 mins, cert 12A)
Sunday, April 25 – Bohemian Rhapsody (2018, 129 mins, cert 12A)
Tickets cost £15 and due to the nature of the research programme, only one ticket can be purchased per person.
Doors will open at 7pm with the film starting at 8.30pm. Drinks and food can be purchased onsite.
Tickets and full terms and conditions can be found here.
The events research programme (ERP) will be used to provide key scientific data into how events for a range of audiences could be permitted to safely reopen as part of the roadmap out of lockdown, commencing no earlier than June 21.
The review will be crucial to how venues could operate this summer.
For Luna Cinema on the Waterfront, scientists are looking to see if groups mixing outdoors in a seated setting increase the risk of transmission of Covid-19.
Ticketholders will have to take a Lateral Flow Test 24 hours before the event and will have to produce a negative result to gain entry. This test has to be taken at one of the city’s community testing sites located here.
As part of the research element of the programme, those attending will be urged to take an at-home PCR test on the day of the event and five days afterwards to ensure any transmission of the virus is properly monitored. This is a non-mandatory but important part of the event research data required by the scientists.
Director of Culture Liverpool, Claire McColgan, said: “Once again Liverpool is blazing a trail and is shaping how a crucial sector, one we all know so well and love, can reopen safely in the coming months.
“In the days since the government announced we were part of their research programme, a huge amount of work has taken place behind the scenes to bring together the events and the science worlds, so that we can focus on how to open venues up safely again and let the night-time economy thrive once more.
“Being the most filmed city outside of London, it’s fitting that we kick-start our programme with the open-air cinema programme. Tickets going on sale is an exciting milestone and we look forward to welcoming audiences back to this events city once again.”
George Wood, Managing Director and founder of The Luna Cinema, said: “We are determined to support the reopening of the events and live entertainment industry after such a challenging last twelve months.
“We hope that in presenting these three nights of cinema under the stars on the iconic waterfront, we can provide a fantastic evening out for the local community, whilst allowing the gathering of valuable data to support the return to full capacity events this summer.
“We are all keen to get back to what we love doing, whether it’s theatre, concerts, comedy or cinema in all its forms – the joy of the shared experience of public events is one of the many things we’ve lost over the last year.
“There’s no better place than Liverpool to begin the positive step forwards with the undertaking of this series of events as part of the national Events Research Programme, to enable the entire country to enjoy a summer of entertainment outside of the sitting room, after so many months of lockdown.
“We’re delighted to play our part in this initiative and can’t wait to welcome the people of Liverpool for some incredible nights of cinema under the stars.”
Vaccine passports are not part of Liverpool’s pilot events programme.