Hollywood Bowl Group has said it expects strong demand upon reopening in May inline with the strong performance it achieved when open last year.

The ten-pin bowling operator saw revenue down to £12m for the six months to 31 March 2021, compared to £69.2 in H1 2020 – reflecting the fact it was closed for 75% of the trading period.

Gross profit was £10.8m, compared to £59.3m in the first half of last year, with adjusted EBIDTA at £0.2m, down from £29.3m in H1 2020.

In March this year the group raised approximately £30m through a successful share placing and has said it is well placed to recover to its pre-pandemic performance.

The group experienced a profitable trading period after the first lockdown last year, with a solid performance in October it said. Spend per head that month was in line with pre-pandemic levels at £10.16 per game, compared to £10.29 in H1 2020.

Stephen Burns, chief executive officer, Hollywood Bowl Group, said: “We are emerging from this challenging year of continuous lockdowns in a strong position to capitalise on the opportunities to invest in and significantly grow our portfolio of ten-pin bowling and mini-golf centres in prime locations and are pleased to be starting construction on three new centres later this year.

“The considerable demand we saw from customers when we reopened after the first lockdown and the strength of our pre-bookings for May gives us confidence that we can recover to pre-pandemic performance levels as families flock back for fun, celebrations and affordable activities.”

Hollywood Bowl is due to open new site in Resorts World Birmingham and a Puttstars venue in Harrow, with three further Hollywood Bowls and eight additional Puttstars sites at an advanced stage of negotiations.