Full list of 127 Cineworld cinemas that will reopen in May when lockdown lifts – including Sheffield
Cineworld has confirmed that all 127 of its cinemas will reopen in May, including its Sheffield complex/
Bosses also revealed they will open cinemas in the US under its Regal brand from April 2, following six months of closure.
In addition, a deal has been struck with Warner Bros that gives the cinema chain, which also owns the Picturehouse franchise, exclusive rights to show films over streaming services.
The phased reopening in the US will start with a limited number of cinemas opening for Godzilla vs. Kong on April 2, followed by screenings of Mortal Kombat from April 16.
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Chief executive Mooky Greidinger said: “We have long-awaited this moment when we can welcome audiences back to our Regal theatres and restore our essential role within the communities we serve.
“With capacity restrictions expanding to 50% or more across most US states, we will be able to operate profitably in our biggest markets.
“We will also be monitoring developments closely in the UK and across Europe as we set to gradually reopen across the world in line with local government guidance.”
The boss also revealed that Cineworld has reached an agreement with Warner Bros to show the studio’s films exclusively in its cinemas 31 days prior to them being made available on premium video on demand (PVOD) platforms for streaming at home.
An extended window of 45 days for films that open to an agreed-upon box office threshold has also been reached, it added.
Cinema chains have been fearful that, with the pandemic seeing studios turn to online platforms, it could set a longer term trend on new releases going straight into homes via PVOD services.
But Mr Greidinger said: “This agreement shows the studio’s commitment to the theatrical business and we see this agreement as an important milestone in our 100-year relationship with Warner Bros.”
Cinemas to reopen
Aberdeen – Queens Link
Aberdeen – Union Square
Birmingham – Broad Street
Birmingham – NEC
Boldon Tyne and Wear
Burton upon Trent
Bury St Edmunds
Eastbourne at The Beacon
Glasgow – IMAX at GSC
Glasgow – Parkhead
Glasgow – Renfrew Street
Glasgow – Silverburn
Harlow – Harvey Centre
Harlow – Queensgate
Leeds – White Rose
London – Bexleyheath
London – Enfield
London – Feltham
London – Fulham Road
London – Ilford
London – Leicester Square
London – South Ruislip
London – The 02 Greenwich
London – Wandsworth
London – Wembley
London – West India Quay
London – Wood Green
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newport – Friars Walk
Newport – Isle of Wight
Newport – Spytty Park
Swindon – Regent Cross
Swindon – Shaw Ridge