Cineworld confirms plans to temporarily close all 128 of its UK cinemas because of coronavirus

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CINEWORLD has confirmed plans to temporarily close its UK and US cinemas following the coronavirus crisis.

The cinema chain will shut 128 Cineworld and Picturehouse theatres in the UK from this Thursday, and 536 Regal theatres in the US.

Cineworld will temporarily close all UK and US cinemas

Cineworld first confirmed it was considering shutting its branches in an update over the weekend.

Cineworld chief executive Mooky Greidinger said: “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.

“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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