Odeon have announced when it will reopen its Basingstoke and Andover cinemas.

Odeon will will begin reopening cinemas across the UK from Saturday, July 4, with new health and safety measures in place. But closer to home, film lovers will have to wait a little longer,

In total, the cinema chain has announced 5 staggered reopening dates. These are July 4, 10, 13, 15 and 16.

Unfortunately for movie-goers, both Basingstoke and Andover will be last to reopen on July 16.

New safety measures that have been brought into the cinemas include contactless ticket checks and payments, limited seats on sale for each show and guaranteed unoccupied seats between guests, although families will be allowed to sit together.

Other changes include more frequent cleaning routines and floor markings to help with social distancing.

Carol Welch, managing director UK & IRE said: “We are excited to confirm that from 4 July, our UK cinemas will begin reopening.

"We’ve carefully planned every step of our guest journey and put safety measures in place that will enable our highly trained colleagues to provide a controlled and safer cinema experience for all our guests.

“New measures include social distancing in our auditoriums and foyers, additional cleaning regimes, and a request to book tickets online prior to arrival.

"We would like to thank our colleagues and guests for their patience during this period, and we can’t wait to welcome guests back to big screen entertainment and a safer cinema experience.”

Tickets go on sale for Basingstoke and Andover from June 25.