THIS week, Cineworld, Britain’s largest cinema chain, announced that it is closing its doors until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
They hope to reopen next year when more new films are released. Since cinemas reopened in July there have only been a small number of film releases.
Cineworld’s boss Mooky Greidinger, blamed the closure on a lack of new films due for release this year. Mr Greidinger described the company’s situation like being “a grocery store with no food”.
The new James Bond film, No Time To Die, is the latest film to be delayed until 2021. Other cinema chains have been hit by the pandemic. Odeon Cinemas has said that a quarter of its cinemas will be closed on weekdays from now on.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson encouraged Brits to go out and enjoy cinemas, saying that “cinemas do now have ways of letting their shows go on in a COVID-secure way, and I’d encourage people to go out to the cinema, enjoy themselves and support those businesses.”