A POPULAR independent cinema has confirmed it will reopen next month.

Movie Starr Cinema on Eastern Esplanade, Canvey, will be bringing back films to its screen on May 21.

Cinemas have been closed throughout most of this year, but under the UK government's roadmap out of lockdown they can reopen from May 17.

In a statement on the cinema's social media page, they said: "We are back! We will be reopening our doors again on Friday 21st May 2021.

"Please keep checking our website and Facebook page for any updates.

"We would like to thank our customers for your continued support, we hope to see you all very soon."

The release of many blockbuster films have either been delayed or shifted to being released on streaming services due to the uncertainty surrounding the impact of Covid.

The news comes as hairdressers, pubs and other retail stores are gearing up to reopen on Monday.

Hairdressers have said demand is so great that they are extending their opening hours to take on more customers.

However, one of Southend's most famous pubs, The Railway Hotel, has announced it will be staying shut due to the impact of the Covid pandemic.