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Showroom reopens with programme of Oscar winners

Independent institution welcomes cinema-goers back on Monday 17 May after “one of the hardest years in its 25 history.”

Showroom Cinema

The Showroom will reopen its doors on Monday 17 May with a programme of Oscar-winning films, after a challenging year for cultural venues across the world.

The biggest independent cinema in South Yorkshire was open for six weeks last autumn, but has otherwise been closed since the pandemic began.

Initially operating at 25% capacity, the Showroom will screen a number of this year’s Oscar winners.

The programme features Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland (“a Springsteen song in movie form”), Sound of Metal (read the Now Then review), Black Panther historical drama Judas and the Black Messiah, American Dream migration story Minari, and The Father, featuring Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins.

There are also family-friendly films including animated fantasy Wolfwalkers, which is inspired by Irish folklore, and Earwig & the Witch, the latest film from the acclaimed Studio Ghibli, both of which are screening during May half term.

“Many of the films deserve to be seen on a big screen to appreciate the incredible visuals and soundscapes, and we are thrilled that this is now within reach,” said Showroom Workstation CEO Ian Wild.

“We can't wait to reopen our doors and welcome film fans back from across South Yorkshire.”

The venue’s cafe-bar will also open on 17 May and recently announced that remote workers can book a table for £5 per day, with access to wifi and unlimited hot drinks.

The Showroom, which is a registered charity, received support from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund in late 2020 to ensure its survival during lockdown.

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