News - October 5, 2020

Cineworld to close all cinemas across the UK
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Cineworld to close all cinemas across the UK

Cineworld is to close all its cinemas across the UK from Thursday (October 8th). 

The cinema chain, which runs 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theatres in the UK, confirmed it would suspend its operations, which will put 5,500 jobs at risk. 

The decision comes after the new James Bond movie, No Time To Die, was delayed until April 2021. 

Disney had already taken the decision to delay Black Widow and West Side Story until 2021, while Wonder Woman 1984 and Death On The Nile had gone back. 

The company said in a statement: ”As major US. markets, mainly New York, remained closed and without guidance on reopening timing, studios have been reluctant to release their pipeline of new films,” said the Cineworld statement. ”In turn, without these new releases, Cineworld cannot provide customers in both the US and the UK – the company’s primary markets – with the breadth of strong commercial films necessary for them to consider coming back to theatres against the backdrop of COVID-19."

They continued: ”Cineworld will continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate any future plans to resume operations in these markets at the appropriate time, when key markets have more concrete guidance on their reopening status and, in turn, studios are able to bring their pipeline of major releases back to the big screen.”

Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld, added: “This is not a decision we made lightly, and we did everything in our power to support safe and sustainable reopenings in all of our markets – including meeting, and often exceeding, local health and safety guidelines in our theatres and working constructively with regulators and industry bodies to restore public confidence in our industry."

”We are especially grateful for and proud of the hard work our employees put in to adapt our theatres to the new protocols and cannot underscore enough how difficult this decision was, Cineworld  will continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate any future plans to resume operations in these markets at the appropriate time, when key markets have more concrete guidance on their reopening status and, in turn, studios are able to bring their pipeline of major releases back to the big screen.”

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