Westlands reopens

YEOVIL’s Westlands entertainment venue has reopened for film screenings in line with government guidance to reopen cinemas, with a reduced capacity and additional cleaning measures will be in place.

The venue, operated by South Somerset District Council, will be operating screenings in the ballroom using a sofa configuration.

The July programming includes three screenings a day, seven days a week, with a selection of classic, popular and award-winning films and live theatre transmissions, including the Oscar-winning Best Picture, Parasite, the feel-good Military Wives, and the new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, with a great cast, including Bill Nighy.

Thursday Night is Theatre Night, featuring National Theatre at home screenings, including All My Sons, with Sally Field and Bill Pullman.

While live musicals cannot currently be staged, the Westlands programme includes a weekly Sunday Musical each week – Kinky Boots, 42nd Street, Riverdance – 25th Anniversary Show and the London Palladium’s production of The King and I.

Weekend Family Films will include Disney/Pixar’s Onward, Harrison Ford in Call of the Wild, and Trolls World Tour.

Arts and entertainment manager, Adam Burgan says: “We are very excited to welcome guests back to Westlands Entertainment Venue. Our focus is on providing some entertainment and escapism during this difficult period whilst keeping everyone safe. It will be fantastic to see the venue open and helping to lift the spirits of our communities.”

The safety measures include: reduced capacity (about a third of normal operating capacity for screening); social distancing throughout the venue, including seating layout, and one-way systems in place; and enhanced cleaning measures.

Westlands has been closed to the public since 17th March but has been used as a WellBeing Hub providing food packages for shielded and vulnerable residents, and those facing hardship.

For more information visit westlandsyeovil.co.uk or call the box office on 01935 422884.