UPDATED: It’s finally here. After months of feverish anticipation, U.K. cinema goers can now buy their tickets for the year’s most anticipated movie, “Tenet.”
Tickets for the Christopher Nolan thriller, which will release in U.K. cinemas on Aug. 26, went on sale at midnight on Tuesday at chains Vue and Cineworld. Odeon also opened ticket sales on Wednesday, including the BFI Imax, along with Showcase and Picturehouse.
As of midnight on Tuesday, Vue appeared to be selling tickets for the film, most priced at £6.99 ($9), across all its cinemas, which will be open in time for the Aug. 26 release. A Cineworld ticket for a 2D screening of the film cost around £15 ($19).
Odeon said on Wednesday that it will open a further 70 cinemas in time for the “Tenet” release, meaning around 99 of its venues will be operational by late August.
A dedicated website, TenetFilmTickets.co.uk, also handily shows where tickets are available in your area.
The film’s release couldn’t come at a better time for U.K. cinemas, which have been largely starved of new releases during the pandemic. The weekend box office saw Russell Crowe thriller “Unhinged” holding fast onto the top spot with a gross £117,633 ($154,000), but figures were down 34% on last week despite screen counts rising from 243 to 270.
Cinemas in England were allowed to reopen from July 4, but only AMC Theatres-owned Odeon opened doors at select locations at that point. Both Cineworld and Vue delayed their planned July 10 reopenings, with Cineworld pushing until July 31 and a cautious Vue staying closed until Aug. 7.
Warner Bros.’ decision in late July to launch “Tenet” in 70 overseas territories from Aug. 26 ahead of the U.S., as reported exclusively by Variety, has been welcomed by global cinema operators, who were nearing the end of their tether this summer with the studios’ ever-shifting release schedule in response to the pandemic.
The release of “Tenet” is expected to be a major boon for movie theaters around the world. See “Tenet’s” global release plan below:
Wednesday, Aug. 26:
Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Thursday, Aug. 27:
Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Middle East, New Zealand, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates
Friday, Aug. 28:
East Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Vietnam
Wednesday, Sept. 3:
United States, Kuwait and Qatar
Thursday, Sept. 10:
Azerbaijan, CIS Others, Kazakhstan, Russia
Thursday, Sept. 17:
Friday, Sept. 18:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Uruguay, Venezuela