TWO of South Lakeland’s independent cinemas are re-opening following the relaxation of the lockdown into Tier 2.

The Roxy, Ulverston and The Royalty in Bowness will be opening their doors later this week with a host of classic and festive films to keep viewers entertained.

Proprietor Charles Morris said:“We are glad to be opening our doors again.

“We’d only just reopened the Royalty when we were forced to close again within a week.

“Both our cinemas are large spaces and with social distancing and other protective measures we have in place we trust that there is minimal risk in coming and supporting us.”

The Roxy will re-open on December 4 at 7.30pm with the classic James Bond film Goldfinger. Two By Two : Overboard, a new animated film, will be shown for matinees at 2.30 on December 5 and 6, while on Saturday evening at 7.30 the action adventure comedy Guardians of the Galaxy, starring Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel, will be screened.

On Sunday evening at 6.30 the yuletide classic musical White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney will begin the Christmas celebrations.

Pixie, a comedy crime thriller, will be shown on December 6 and 7 at 7.30. Olivia Cooke in the title role masterminds a heist to avenge her mother’s death but ends up fleeing across Ireland to avoid some gangsters.

Scrooge, the definitive screen version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring Alistair Sim, is on December 9 at 7.30 and The National Theatre’s production of The War Horse, is on December 10 at 7.30.

The Royalty will re-open on December 9 with The War Horse, followed by Pixie for two nights starting December 10, with Two By Two Overboard for matinees on December 12 and 13, with The Secret Garden, Dirty Dancing, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Alien also showing that weekend.

Both cinemas will be showing It’s A Wonderful Life, with James Stewart, just before Christmas. Extra shows have been arranged so that everyone can enjoy the annual Christmas treat safely. It will be screened at both the Roxy and the Royalty at 7.30 on December 23, and at the Roxy at 11.00am and 2.30 on Christmas eve, with the Royalty’s shows at 2.00 and 5.30.

Tickets can be booked for all shows at