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Vue Cinemas will be screening the Queen’s funeral for free on Monday

But you won’t be able to take popcorn in with you

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen
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One of the UK’s largest cinema chains, Vue Cinemas, has cancelled all movie screenings on Monday and will instead be showing the Queen’s funeral on the big screen.

The chain is providing a free bottle of water to all attendees, although snacks are off limits and the concessions will be closed.

‘On Monday September 19, our UK venues will be screening the live broadcast of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's funeral,’ Vue tweeted.

‘Seats will be free of charge and our retail offering will be limited to complimentary bottled water during the broadcast, with no other snacks or drinks available for purchase. No other content will be shown on this day.’

The Odeon and Cineworld chains, meanwhile, will be closing altogether on Monday to mark the late Monarch’s funeral. 

‘As a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth II all Odeon cinemas in the UK and Northern Ireland will be closed on Monday September 19,’ Odeon said in a statement. ‘We will reopen on Tuesday September 20.’

The Cineworld statement reads: ‘Out of respect to HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family, all of our UK cinemas will be closed on Monday September 19, the day of the state funeral. Those who have made bookings for this day will be contacted shortly.’

Curzon cinemas will be screening the funeral free of charge at 11am, before resuming normal programming on Monday evening. 

If you do fancying catching something at the cinema this weekend, look out for the incandescently great David Bowie doc Moonage Daydream at BFI IMAX, Leonard Cohen doc Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song, Finnish body horror film Hatching, queer rugby drama In From the Side and A24’s coming-of-age flick Funny Pages – all open this Friday.

Read more: here’s how to see the Queen lying in state in London.

Plus: here’s everything you need to know about the Queen’s funeral.

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