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Picturehouse at FACT is Temporarily Closed

by FACT

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On Monday 5 October 2020, Cineworld announced that it will temporarily close all of its cinemas in the UK, including Cineworld-owned Picturehouse theatres, due to the impact of COVID-19. Sadly, this means the Picturehouse cinema at FACT will be closed from Friday 9 October 2020.

FACT will remain open and we will continue to safely welcome visitors into our galleries.

At this incredibly difficult time, we feel that we need to clarify that FACT and Picturehouse (owned by Cineworld) are two separate organisations. FACT is a registered charity funded by Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council. We are the UK's leading organisation for the support and exhibition of art and film that embraces new technology. Since we opened our building in 2003, Picturehouse has run the cinema screens and bar. In 2012, Cineworld acquired the Picturehouse cinema chain.

We are awaiting further information from Cineworld about the impact that this will have on Picturehouse staff. In a statement published on Monday 5 October, Cineworld said “we will do everything we can to save livelihoods and the company – this is an extremely delicate and tricky balance. We continue to work with the Cinema Association, to ensure we are lobbying government to support our employees and the industry which has so much cultural significance.” For more information and to read Cineworld’s statement in full, please visit Cineworld’s website.

Both the FACT and Picturehouse teams have always worked closely together to ensure our visitors have the best possible experience, however, FACT has no control over decisions made by Cineworld that impact on our organisation and on our public offer. We can confirm that Cineworld’s decision will not affect any FACT employed staff.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Picturehouse team. Their commitment, passion and enthusiasm for film have always helped to make FACT a place where everyone feels welcome.

Any future updates on when Cineworld may decide to open its cinemas are yet to be confirmed. In light of this news, our galleries remaining open and team continuing to work safely or remotely, our new building opening times from Friday 9 October 2020 are:

Monday - Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday - Saturday: 12:00 - 19:00

Sunday: 12:00 - 17:00

To find out what’s on at FACT including our current exhibitions, visit the FACT website.

If you would like to know more information about the temporary closure of the Picturehouse cinema at FACT please visit the Picturehouse website. You can also read the Picturehouse FAQs here.