Delay Of Latest 'Bond' Film Spells Trouble For UK Theaters
The United States movie theater industry isn’t the only one facing tough times ahead due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Even movie theaters in the United Kingdom are entering into an uncertain future as blockbuster releases continue to be delayed.
The Guardian reports that movie theater chain Cineworld has announced that it is considering closing all of its cinemas in the United Kingdom after the announcement that the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, has been rescheduled to April 2021.
Cineworld closing its cinemas in the United Kingdom is a big deal, as the chain operates 128 venues in the country. The closure of those cinemas would also result in the loss of a job for more than 5,000 workers.
The BBC quotes Phil Clapp, the head of the UK Cinema Association, said that despite venues being able to provide an experience that is safe and enjoyable to their audiences, the lack of new releases will make it hard to draw people to the cinemas.
Bectu union member Philippa Childs described the delay of blockbuster releases as a “crisis” that needs to be addressed. She called on movie studios to consider the long-term effects on the industry should they continue to delay the release of their movies.
The crisis is also happening across the Atlantic, as Cineworld has also hinted that they would also be closing Regal cinemas in the United States due to the new No Time to Die release date. The cinema closures are expected to happen as early as next week.
The dramatic turnaround comes after Cineworld expressed confidence that the Christopher Nolan film Tenet would be able to turn things around for the industry. Regal cinemas had actually reopened in August as they expected people to flock the cinemas for it.
Before the August reopening, Cineworld had been reopening cinemas in other part of the world, such as the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Poland, and Israel. The reopenings were stretched out from June 26 to July 9.
Audiences are not expected to go back to the cinemas anytime soon as the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic has prompted Hollywood to further delay the release of huge blockbuster films.
For instance, the Oct. 4 update from the World Health Organization puts the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide at 34,804,348 people. There are now 1,030,738 people that have succumbed to COVID-19.
In the United States, the Oct. 4 update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country is at 7,359,952. Deaths caused by COVID-19 in the United States are now at 208,821.