After closing for the day in the wake of yesterday’s bombing attacks that left at least 31 people dead, cinemas in Brussels are beginning to get back to business. The UGC exhibition circuit, which includes the UGC Toison d’Or and UGC De Brouckère, is opening with heightened security measures in place which were first employed last November following the earlier deadly attacks in Paris. UGC also said via social media that it would reimburse patrons for all tickets purchased for yesterday.
The Kinepolis cinema in Brussels, however, will remain closed today. An employee at the cinema told Deadline the theater is taking things day-by-day. Cinenews.be also reports that the Flagey cinema in Ixelles is due to stay closed all week. Warner Bros’ Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the biggest new title in the market where it opens today. There were no plans to adjust the release.
Due to take place next week, the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival has said it will go ahead as planned. The genre event opens March 29 with Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. It runs through April 10. Via Twitter, the fest said “Let horror only be on the screen!”
Let horror only be on screen! The Festival will take place starting next week as planed. We hope to see you all! Thx for all the support!
— BIFFF (@BIFFF_net) March 23, 2016
Brothers Khalid and Ibrahim el-Bakraoui have been confirmed by Belgian federal prosecutor, Frederic Van Leeuw, as two of the suicide bombers involved in yesterday’s attacks. Police are still seeking a surviving suspect whose name has not been confirmed. Earlier today, he was mistakenly reported as having been apprehended, but is subject of an active manhunt, Van Leeuw said, according to The Guardian.