The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.02% to 444.50 points by 0707 GMT, just below its record high of 446.19 points.
Cineworld Group Plc rose 3.1% after animated adventure comedy “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” pulled in more people than expected after a months-long COVID-19 lockdown.
Travel stocks came under pressure after Germany’s public health institute declared Britain and Northern Ireland a virus variant region, requiring anyone entering the country from the United Kingdom to quarantine for two weeks on arrival.
Shares in Wizz Air and easyJet were down about 1% each.
Markets in Austria, Denmark, Hungary, Norway, Switzerland and Germany were closed for holiday. (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)