All Cinemas in the UK including Odeon, Cineworld, Vue and Picturehouse are to close due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Odeon said in a message on its website: ‘Following government guidelines Odeon cinemas are closed until further notice.
‘We deeply value our cinema-loving customers and have no doubt we will be serving everyone again as soon as possible with a full slate of Hollywood blockbusters and the best of independent films and content.’
A Picturehouse spokesman said: ‘It’s with great sadness that Picturehouse is today announcing the closure of all its cinemas across the UK starting from tomorrow, until further notice. This decision was made in the light of the current COVID-19 outbreak and recent UK government advice.’
Tim Richards, CEO of Vue International, said: ‘Since the first news of the Covid-19 outbreak, we have been doing everything we can to provide a high quality, enjoyable and safe big screen experience for our customers. ‘However in line with the UK Government’s latest public health advice we will be temporarily closing all our 91 cinemas in the UK & Ireland from today, March 17, until further notice.
‘As you would expect, we are also doing our part by putting employment policies in place so that our staff are protected and are not penalised financially. We want to wish all our customers and employees well during these difficult times. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back at one of our cinemas soon.’