Cineworld said today it will temporarily close over 500 Regal Cinema locations in the U.S., along with 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse venues in the U.K.
The theaters are set to close Friday “until further notice,” the company said, due to the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on business. It was a delay in delivery of the new James Bond film which became the last straw for the struggling theater chain.
As other big films prepare to hit screens, it could be possible that a massive theater closure like this could delay the release of other blockbusters even longer. Disney/Pixar’s “Soul” was set to be ready for audiences in November, and both “Dune” and “Wonder Woman 1984” were set to release by December.
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