Cineworld ‘to close all cinemas in the UK and Ireland this week’

Cineworld will close all of its cinemas in the UK, Ireland and US this week because of the impact of coronavirus, a Reuters news agency source has said.

It follows the announcement that upcoming Bond film No Time To Die has been pushed back to April, after it was set to appear in cinemas next month.

Earlier, The Sunday Times reported Cineworld could shut all of its 128 UK and Ireland cinemas, putting up to 5,500 jobs at risk.

The decision could be announced as early as tomorrow with the chain’s bosses preparing to write to Boris Johnson and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to say the industry has become “unviable”, the newspaper reports.

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