Cineworld delays reopening UK cinemas to 31 July
Cineworld has pushed again the reopening of its UK and US cinemas to 31 July, blaming a delay in new movie releases.
The world’s second-largest cinema chain had beforehand introduced cinemas in each international locations would open on 10 July.
Cineworld stated movies together with Mulan and Tenet had been delayed from July to August.
The corporate stated cinemas would open with new security measures in place, however some workers say the measures don’t go far sufficient.
A petition signed by almost 1,500 people and began by Cineworld workers has known as for masks to be made necessary for purchasers in cinema foyers.
A frontrunner of the Cineworld Motion Group, who spoke to the BBC however didn’t wish to give their identify, stated: “Some research have proven that masks do assist to guard. We do not have a alternative about returning to work. If it makes it safer for us and for different prospects, I feel it is a small ask.
“It is a luxurious to come back to the cinema however our lives should not be handled as a luxurious, it is necessary.”
The BBC has requested Cineworld to touch upon the workers calls for.
The cinema chain says new security measures will embrace contactless funds and seating capability limits according to native laws.
Recommendation for all cinemas from the movie commerce physique, the UK Cinema Affiliation, advises cinema firms to promote a lowered variety of tickets to every screening, with folks from totally different households sitting aside.
The affiliation additionally says decide ‘n’ combine stands must be eliminated, and moviegoers must be inspired to pre-order popcorn.
Earlier this yr, the coronavirus pandemic pressured Cineworld to shut its 787 cinemas in 10 international locations, whereas company bosses waived their salaries and bonuses.
The UK-based agency additionally halted dividend funds to mitigate the affect on buying and selling.
Cineworld chief government Mooky Greidinger stated different movies that might be launched this summer season embrace A Quiet Place Half II, The Damaged Hearts Gallery, Invoice & Ted Face the Music and Antebellum, in addition to a re-release of Christopher Nolan’s Inception on Imax.