Cinema operator to close all UK venues putting 5,500 jobs at risk

Cineworld is to close all its venues in the UK and Ireland for an indefinite period this week – putting 5,500 jobs at risk.

The cinema operator says the contined coronavirus crisis has made the industry “unviable”.

The company owns 128 UK and Irelands cinemas, including Midlands venues at Birmingham Broad Street, Birmingham NEC, Burton upon Trent, Chesterfield, Hinckley, Loughborough, Northampton, Nottingham, Rugby, Rushden Lakes, Shrewsbury, Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Wolverhampton.

The news comes after the announcement that the screening of new James Bond film, No Time to Die, has been delayed until next April.