Café and room hire reopen at the Harlequin in Redhill

David Grantham, 24 September 2020

Some of the items on the new menu

The Harlequin Theatre & Cinema in Redhill is once again welcoming customers to its café, and making its rooms available for public hire.

The move is the next stage in the progressive reopening of the council-owned venue, which closed during the coronavirus lockdown and was repurposed as an emergency support centre.

The cinema at the Harlequin (the Waller Studio) reopened in July, showing classic and family films as well as new and recent releases.

Now the centre’s café has also returned, under new management, and with a fresh look and a new menu.

Items include freshly-made sandwiches, panini and kids’ lunchboxes, priced at £2.50 during September.

The café, which reopened its doors on Monday 14 September, is open 10am-3pm daily, and will launch a further menu in October featuring a range of hot and cold dishes, with initial discounts for the first two weeks.

Event organisers can also once again hire space at the Harlequin. As well as rooms of different sizes, the auditorium is also available at a “heavily discounted” rate, as live shows are not currently running, with both tiered and flat-floor seating offered as options.

Covid-19 safety measures, including social distancing arrangements, are in place throughout the Harlequin.

Earlier this month, Cllr Alex Horwood, executive member for wellbeing and intervention at Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, said: “We are so pleased to be gradually reopening the Harlequin.

“We greatly value the support we have received from the community over the past months, and it’s very important to us for local people to be able to benefit from our venue.

“Reopening our café, alongside our cinema and meeting room hire, allows us to do this even while we aren’t showing live performances.

“We hope the public will enjoy the fantastic food and drink on offer in our café – and may consider booking a room for a socially-distanced meeting, exercise class or event, all at incredibly reasonable prices.”