Cineworld – which has a cinema in Sheffield – will ‘temporarily shut’ all its UK screens amid coronavirus pandemic

Cineworld – which has a cinema in Sheffield – is reportedly set to temporarily close all its 128 sites in the UK and Ireland, putting an estimated 5,500 jobs at risk.
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According to the Sunday Times, Cineworld chiefs have blamed the decision – which is expected to be a temporary measure until next year – on the postponement of big budget films in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.

Reports say the move could be confirmed in the coming week.


The company has a multiplex cinema at Valley Centertainment on Broughton Lane, Sheffield.

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The head of the UK Cinema Association said he feared the Cineworld closure was ‘indicative of challenges faced by the entire UK cinema industry at the moment’.

Phil Clapp said: “Although cinemas opened in July and have been able to deliver a safe and enjoyable experience, without major new titles then we understand we aren't able to get as many people out of the home as we'd like.”

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