Regal Cinemas and Cineworld Movie Theaters to Close All US, UK Locations This Week

Second largest U.S. cinema chain responds to ongoing pandemic and lack of new Hollywood releases

Cineworld announced on Monday the “temporary suspension” of operations at all 543 Regal Cinemas locations in the U.S. as well as 127 movie theaters in the U.K. and Ireland beginning this Thursday.

“As major US. markets, mainly New York, remained closed and without guidance on reopening timing, studios have been reluctant to release their pipeline of new films,” the company said in a statement, adding that 45,000 employees would be affected. “In turn, without these new releases, Cineworld cannot provide customers in both the U.S. and the U.K. — the company’s primary markets – with the breadth of strong commercial films necessary for them to consider coming back to theatres against the backdrop of COVID-19.”

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Jeremy Fuster

Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com