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Art Cinema Network in Slovenia reopening after epidemic

Ljubljana, 26 May - Slovenian cinemas belonging to the Art Cinema Network are reopening in the wake of a major easing of anti-Covid-19 restrictions. On Friday, the first screening after lockdown took place in Radovljica, while film buffs could head for Nova Gorica on Tuesday to enjoy a cinema experience. In Ljubljana, the Kinodvor cinema will reopen on 1 June.

The Kinodvor art cinema.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA
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The National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) released guidelines preventing the coronavirus spread in cinemas and theatres on Friday.

The Slovenian Art Cinema Network has said that it will heed the instructions; the cinemas will announce weekly schedules online and on social media, and the recommended physical distance will be maintained with film-goers seated separately.

The capacity will be restricted to between 40 and 48 visitors in line with the amended ban on public gatherings, allowing up to 50 persons.

The network includes 28 cinemas in Slovenia in 27 cities and towns across the country. The cinemas, delivering indie, art and high-quality films, have been preparing for summer and many plan to hold open-air screenings.

The Linhart Hall in the northern town of Radovljica reopened on Friday, screening documentary film Maiden. The event attracted 12 visitors, which is quite a success in these post-corona times, said the network.

Tonight, the Nova Gorica cinema will show Don't Forget to Breathe, a Slovenian film by director Martin Turk.

Meanwhile, the Domžale cinema will kick off a drive-in cinema on 28 May and indoor cinema programme on 1 June.

The Izola Art Cinema Odeon will reopen on 28 May with open-air screenings held in the Arrigoni park, whereas Krško will start screening films on 5 June, first in the Rajhenburg Castle's atrium.

The Ljubljana Kinodvor cinema will welcome film-goers again on 1 June, while the Metropol cinema in Celje will reopen on 3 June.

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