Disney sending The Empire Strikes Back to cinemas in July

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is getting a re-release on the big screen in the UK, to help give re-opening cinemas a boost.

In the absence to too many blockbusters to fill cinema screens when moviehouses around the UK start opening their doors next month, the onus is switching to high-profile releases.

Just last week we learned that Warner Bros is looking to re-release Christopher Nolan’s Inception in cinemas to mark its tenth birthday in the middle of July. And now Disney is planning to release a 4K remaster of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back next month as well.

Variety broke the news, revealing that a deal has been struck with Vue Cinemas to screen the movie across its sites. It’s unclear whether this will extend to other chains as of yet, and if further Star Wars re-releases are in the offing. Given that The Empire Strikes Back has celebrated its 40th birthday this year though, this may be it for the time being.

Still, the Variety report adds that Disney is offering a number of re-releases to UK cinemas, although it’s not clear as of yet what those re-releases are. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

Vue will be opening its doors again in early July, and expect The Empire Strikes Back to be playing soon thereafter.


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