Cineworld pushes back its reopening to the end of July

Cineworld in Parkway Bury St Edmunds

Cineworld in Parkway Bury St Edmunds

A cinema giant which has chains across Kent has delayed its reopening date.

Cinemas in England are, in theory, allowed to reopen this weekend, on 4 July, with Odeon now planning to stick to this date.

However, a statement posted on Cineworld's website on Tuesday said: "In line with recent changes to upcoming film release dates, we have made the decision to move our re-opening date to 31st July".

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

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 has pushed back the reopening of its United Kingdom and USA cinemas to 31 July, blaming a delay in new film releases. "With the ongoing pandemic, this new date remains subject to final confirmation".

However, this has now been delayed by a number of weeks and doors will now open in Milton Keynes on Friday July 31st.

Vue, which planned to reopen on July 10, has yet to decide on a new reopening date. The knock-on though is there's little point cinemas opening their doors if they don't have much in the way of new movies to show. Without cinemas in New York City and Los Angeles back in business, the big-budget action epic would have been deprived of two of the U.S.'s biggest moviegoing markets.

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