Corn Exchange reopening statement

“Well, what a year it has been. Everyone at the Corn Exchange in Wallingford hopes that you are keeping safe and well and now that lockdown is easing, we want to update you on our plans.

You will have heard that the Government has authorised cinemas to open from 4th July 2020, but there is still no date for when theatres will be allowed to re-open for live performances. Because we provide both cinema and theatre, this means we will only show films when we first re-open.

We are totally committed to the health, safety and well-being of our fantastic volunteers and our loyal and supportive audience, and are working hard to ensure we make the Corn Exchange as safe as possible for all our visitors. We are taking professional Health & Safety advice on how best to modify our unique building, create Covid19-safe procedures and ensure everyone is fully trained. We will also be using this enforced shut-down period to complete our annual maintenance tasks.

Because we are all volunteers, this will take us some time, so we will not be re-opening until at least the beginning of September 2020. Re-opening will also depend on the status of the virus and government guidelines at the time. We will update you on any further developments as and when we have them. We will also be eagerly awaiting advice from the Government on when we can resume live performances and theatre.”

We are incredibly grateful for your support and passion for the Corn Exchange, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our wonderful and sorely missed venue.