The purpose of this page is to try and answer as many questions as possible regarding the situation with COVID-19 and Galeri.

We would like to thank you all for your continued cooperation, messages of support and your patience as we continue to gradually re-open Galeri.

We would like to thank the Arts Council of Wales, as part of the Wales Cultural Recovery Fund, for their continued support during the last 16 months.

Re-opening Galeri in stages
Our reopening plans will be in stages based on the legislation set by the authorities and the viability of reopening activities:

Stage Date Intention
1 July 2020 Re-opening to resident companies
2 August 2020 Re-opening the Café Bar
3 July 2021 Re-starting the cinema programme (part time basis initially)
4 July 2021 Re-opening the conferencing/meeting facilities
5 September 20201 Re-starting the artistic programme (live events, exhibitions, Sbarc, workshops etc)

Frequently asked questions:

Your visit to Galeri will be different to the pre-covid experience, and has also been slightly amended since we reopened the cinema in July 2021.

This video highlights the key changes ahead of your visit :

The current measures we have in place are:

  • A one-way system is in place within the building (entry from Balaclava Road and exit to Victoria Dock only)
  • On arrival, you will be greeted by a member of staff who will explain the procedures in place
  • Collecting customer details for Test, Trace & Protect purposes (only required when using the Café Bar – a slip and sanitized biro will be provided on each table. Cinema audience information is already collected within the ticketing system)
  • Managing the number of people within the building at any one time
  • Social distancing signage throughout the building
  • Hand sanitising stations can be found around the building
  • More frequent and enhanced cleaning procedures operated
  • Wearing a face covering/mask is essential at all times (apart from when seated in the Café Bar, cinema or an event)
  • PPE for staff and screens at certain contact point between staff and the public
  • Full Covid 19 training for staff
  • Closing some toilet cubicles and sinks
  • Windows will be left open whenever possible (weather permitting)
  • Opening days/hours to be limited
  • Promoting online table reservations in advance (online or by calling 01286 685 200)
  • Table service in the Café Bar (to order and pay)
  • Single use menus in the Café Bar (also available online)
  • Promoting contactless payment

We will regularly review our systems based on customer/audience/staff feedback and the Government guidelines.

Yes. Face coverings must be worn during your visit.

If you are attending an event in the theatre, it is a legal requirement to wear a face covering. This decision is partly to safeguard the performers.

Wearing a face covering is also required when walking around the building. You may remove when seated at a table in the Café Bar, in your cinema seat or meeting room (depending on the guidelines/requirements/risk assessment as instructed by the organiser).

Children 11 years old and younger and individuals who are medically exempt don’t have to wear a face covering.

We are currently offering an online box office facility only. You will need to register for an account online if purchasing a ticket for the very first time.

If you have any questions/queries, feel free to email

With the capacity so limited, we strongly suggest that you pre-book your tickets as early as possible to avoid disappointment.


No. We will have a list of customers/seat plan but we will require proof of purchase (for example email on your mobile device).

We will not be printing physical tickets until the box office reopens.


For the wheelchair/accessible spaces in the cinema, please email your request to and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

There is no longer a limit on the number of people who can be together indoors in Wales.

Our cinema seat-plans continue to offer “bubble” seating from 1 seat up to 6 seats (note what you must purchase the seats in a complete set, i.e. if you see 4 seats – all 4 must be chosen and purchased).

For the Café Bar, we haven’t set a limit, however for larger groups it is essential to reserve a table in advance so we can accommodate and re-arrange furniture to ensure social distancing.


From Friday, 20.08.21 we will be operating two seat-plans for film screenings.

All screenings will offer social distancing. Most of our screenings will be using the 1 metre social distancing seat-plan, but we will also offer some screenings at 2 metre social distancing.

You will be able to see online when booking your tickets the seat-plan and select your seat(s) and screening(s) accordingly.

During the socially distanced seat plan trials we have a new (short term) price structure:
£6 in advance

£7.50 on the day (subject to availability)

**This includes a £1 booking fee per ticket

Regrettably, we are unable to offer our usual PRIMA concession during the time socially distancing seat plans in place for contractual reasons with distributors.

No. We will not be printing any schedules/flyers to promote the cinema provision over the summer. We will have a digital poster/schedule online and the “what’s on” page on the website will be updated on a regular basis and a weekly email will be sent with the films/listings.

The cinema programme will initially be a updated on a weekly basis.

The doors to the cinema will open 20 minutes ahead of the start time. The time listed on the event/website is that start time of the feature film. We strongly advise customers to be in Galeri 30 minutes before the start time to allow plenty of time for registering on arrival etc.

Please also take into consideration parking and potential traffic congestion (it is likely to be extremely busy over the summer with the holiday traffic and road closers due to the bypass)



It is very likely that other audience members will be sitting in the same row as you. There will always be a distance of at least 1m (2 seats) between you and the next person on the same row. If an audience member needs to pass others, please ensure that your face covering is placed correctly and that you avoid face to face contact with fellow audience members.

Yes. We will be opening the kiosk 30 minutes before the film start time. Please pay using contactless method if possible. The kiosk will close once the film has started.

Please help us by putting your rubbish in the bin on your way out.


We kindly ask you to not bring your own food/drink to Galeri.

All performance spaces (Cinema screens, theatre and studio spaces) bring in fresh air from the outside and extract air from the spaces to the outside – no air is recirculated.

Windows will also be kept open to keep a flow of fresh air into the building.

The Café Bar has reopened. We review and amend the opening hours on a weekly basis. For the updated opening hours, please visit the Café Bar section here

We have contacted all ticketholders to update on postponed and cancelled events.

Some events have been rescheduled and are currently on-sale on our website.

For the cancelled events, everyone should have now received a refund or credit on their customer account.


We do not offer any refunds in line with our policy.

If we receive at least 12 hours notice, we are happy to credit your customer account that can be used for future ticket purchases in Galeri for 12 months from the date issued (a £1 per ticket admin charge will be discounted).

Please email with your request for a credit on your account.

We’re also happy for you to transfer your ticket to a friend or family member.

We will be emailing a short questionnaire following your visit asking for your comments/feedback.

We value any feedback (positive or not) that will help us adapt and improve our systems and services here in Galeri.

You are also welcome to email us directly with any suggestions and feedback


We have extended all gift vouchers (valid on or after 21.03.20) so they can now be used until 31.12.21.
Gift vouchers can be bought from the Box Office between 09:00-12:00 Monday-Friday.

Once the event/cinema programme resumes, the PRIMA memberships will be extended for the months lost due to the pandemic.

Whilst the cinema is running on a socially distanced seat plan, regrettably, we are unable to offer the PRIMA concession due to contractual reasons with distributors.

We will be collecting your details when visiting Galeri.
If you are attending a film screening, we will already have your information on our ticketing system. If you are visiting the Café Bar, you will be required to complete an information form on your table providing a nema, telephone number and time of visit.
We will have a daily register of staff on duty, resident company staff in the building and anyone else working or hiring spaces within Galeri.
The information will be stored for 21 days (for Test, Trace & Protect purposed) before being destroyed.

We are optimistic that live events and exhibitions from September onwards. All confirmed shows are already on-sale and we will be adding more events in the near future.

To discuss hiring Galeri for meetings, conferences, rehearsals or for a wedding reception – please email