Thursday October 29, 2020

The last picture show? No happy ending in sight for cinema sector

They were open for a brief period over the summer, but with new restrictions in place and larger operators announcing more long-term closures, few cinemas see much sign for optimism in the sector

9th October, 2020
Faced with delayed movie release schedules, budget-thwarting social distancing measures and unpredictable governmental decisions, many cinema operators now fear the worst. Picture: Getty

One of the greatest reasons to go to the cinema is for the escapism it offers. Sink into the plush seats, grab yourself some popcorn and an insanely large soft drink, and pretend, for a few hours at least, that you’re in another world entirely.

In these troubled times, cinema seems to represent exactly the escape-hatch we all crave. Yet as Covid-19 infiltrates the structures of everything we hold dear, our cinemas are...

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