RAF Mildenhall cinema reopens after 22 months

RAF Cinema Mildenhall, England reopens to grassroots audiences on Friday with a screening of the hit movie “Spider-Man: No Way Home”. With a series of screenings over the weekend, the theater will end a 22-month shutdown resulting from COVID-19. (Kyle Alvarez / Stars and Stripes)

RAF MILDENHALL, England – The Base Big Screen will show films for the first time in nearly two years, as some weekend screenings end the long hiatus at Mildenhall Cinema.

The reopening starts off with a bang. Friday at 6 p.m., the theater will feature “Spider-Man: No Way Home”.

The latest blockbuster starring the famous comic book character has been phenomenal at the box office, grossing $ 1.16 billion worldwide since its release on December 17. It is the first film of the pandemic era to exceed $ 1 billion.

The next day, moviegoers can watch “The Matrix Resurrections”, also at 6 pm.

Sunday, two screenings: “Sing 2” at 2 p.m. and “Spider-Man: No Way Home” at 6 p.m.

Tickets can only be purchased at the box office and will not be available online. For a regular performance, tickets cost $ 6.50 for adults and $ 3.75 for children. First-time tickets cost $ 7 and $ 6, respectively.

Social distancing will be required. Family units or groups can sit together, but moviegoers will be asked to allow spacing between parties.

The theater will still be closed on weekdays and will offer performances only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until further notice.

For more information on the films to be screened, visit www.aafes.com/exchange-stores/Movie-Guide/showtimes-RAF-Mildenhall.htm. The theater can also be reached by phone at 01638-71-4955.

The base closed the cinema in early 2020 at the start of the pandemic. When it reopens, the UK is plagued by a new wave of COVID-19 cases, this one caused by the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

A Wednesday article on the 100e The Air Refueling Wing Facebook page that announced the reopening drew comments from nearly two dozen people, many of whom grew nostalgic and expressed their joy that the films were back in theaters soon.

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Alexander W. Riedel

Alexander reports on US military and local news in Europe for Stars and Stripes in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He has 10 years of experience as an Air Force photojournalist covering operations in Timor-Leste, Guam and the Middle East. He is a graduate of Penn State University and is a Defense Information School alumnus.




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