Cineworld reopening date pushed back

Carla Harmon
July 1, 2020

Hollywood studios have also pushed back the release of summer releases, with _Mulan _and Tenet for example now scheduled for August.

The company had previously expected to start reopening cinemas, which include Regal Cinemas, on July 10.

The world's largest chain of cinemas, AMC, announced overnight that it, too, would delay reopening in the United States from 15 July until the end of month.

Meanwhile, Odeon at Stadium MK is pressing ahead with plans to re-open this Saturday July 4th.

Shares in Cineworld, which had lost nearly three quarters of their value this year due to the coronavirus crisis, were trading up 2.8% by 0925 GMT.

Cineworld Group said today it would delay reopening its cinemas in the USA and Britain until Friday July 31, while following any changes to regulations or guidance from public health officials.

However, following "recent changes to upcoming film release dates", Cineworld has made a decision to move its re-opening date to July 31.

"We know how much you've been missing the cinema and we are excited to welcome you back to Cineworld soon!"

Vue, which planned to reopen on July 10, has yet to decide on a new reopening date. But while some film venues look set to open as early as possible, one of the major chains has in fact delayed its reopening.

NY is among U.S. states yet to allow cinemas to reopen.

The latest shift for "Tenet" followed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement that movie theaters in his state would not be included in Phase 4 of reopening.

However, some key U.S. territories, such New York City and Los Angeles, are yet to pass legislation permitting such a reopening, and other states have again shuttered businesses over the past few days following fears accelerated reopenings have led to an increase in infections. As parts of the US have begun to reopen, some states have seen massive spikes in infection rates.

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