Cinemas across the UK close due to coronavirus
All the UK's major cinema chains have closed their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Yesterday (March 17th), cinema chains Odeon, Cineworld, Vue and Picturehouse all confirmed that they were shutting down for the foreseeable future.
Between them, the chains run more than 330 cinemas. Odeon has more than 120 cinemas in the UK and Ireland, Vue has 91, Cineworld has 100, and also owns and runs 24 Picturehouse sites.
We are closing all cinemas across the UK and Ireland until further notice in light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and recent government advice. For more information, click here >> https://t.co/AyU2xD6Oq2 pic.twitter.com/Uohen9MWO6— Cineworld Cinemas (@cineworld) March 17, 2020
An important message from ODEON pic.twitter.com/tlgnL5FS84— ODEON (@ODEONCinemas) March 17, 2020
The BFI has also taken the decision to close its Southbank complex.
According to industry reports, box office takings were down 50% from the previous weekend.
That has been combined with a dwindling release schedule as studios pull their new movies from their release dates.
A handful of independent cinemas remain open.