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The Brunton Reopens with Cinema Screenings

The Brunton is reopening its doors this autumn with Big Screen Movies and Royal Opera House Cinema Screenings.

In line with Scottish Government guidance and with financial support from Creative Scotland, The Brunton will reopen its Big Screen in Venue 1, much loved by regular customers as a local cinema venue, after 6 months of closure, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Scottish Government has authorised that cinema venues can reopen following strict hygiene and social distancing measures, thus operating in a way that is safe for audiences and staff.

An extensive range of modifications within The Brunton have been implemented. These include; new signage, floor markings, sanitiser stations, enhanced cleaning schedules, face coverings when not eating and drinking, reduced capacity in the auditorium with advance booking only – either online or by phone. Staff have been trained to ensure their own and audience safety. They will be on hand to offer a warm welcome back and answer any questions that visitors may have.

Embroidered seat covers show people where to sit.

To enable social distancing within the Venue, bespoke seat back covers with the Brunton logo have been created by Musselburgh based Image Scotland. These are being used to indicate which seats are to be occupied at each screening. The seat covers are removable allowing for flexible seating configuration, following social distancing requirements.

Michael Stitt, Chair of The Brunton Theatre Trust said:

“We thank all our audiences, visitors and local community, for their patience and support for The Brunton during this challenging time. We are delighted to be opening our doors again. Whilst The Brunton always takes measures to ensure the health and safety of our staff and visitors, we have now introduced additional hygiene and social distancing measures that guests will notice from the moment they walk back through our doors. We are very much looking forward to welcoming people back to our screenings this autumn, which will begin with cinema releases and Royal Opera House cinema screenings.”

“For now a visit to The Brunton will be a little different, but over the coming weeks, audiences can book for cinema screenings, confident that all safety measures are in place. We await Scottish Government advice as to when live theatre performances can restart. Careful consideration will be given to the type of programming that we hope will be possible in the coming months, with the safety of our audiences and staff at the forefront of our artistic decision making and always whilst adhering to Scottish Government guidelines.”

Full details of the autumn cinema programme can be found on The Brunton’s website,, highlights include: A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood, Emma and Dark Waters.

Further details about enhanced protocols, and online ticket booking for 2020 and into 2021 are available at Updates will be provided through and on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.

Donations of any size are invaluable to enable The Brunton to survive, thrive and continue to bring a programme of arts and entertainment to East Lothian and beyond. Donations can be made via The Brunton’s website

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