Cinema in Hangzhou Binjiang, China (image: Wikimedia Commons)

China: national film bureau orders all cinemas to re-close

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: China is re-shuttering all of its cinemas nationwide as it continues to battle coronavirus, according to Deadline sources. The country’s national film bureau has contacted all exhibitors today saying that venues must be closed again, with no immediate timeframe for re-opening. The news has begun to spread across popular social media service Weibo. This weekend, a ray of light seemed to be shining from the Middle Kingdom when more than 500 cinemas re-opened their doors to the public after being closed since late January (though largely no one turned up). That represented…

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Sunset Drive-in (image: Wikimedia Commons)

USA: cinemas are closing but drive-ins still sell tickets

Drive-ins continue to post best ticket sales in weekend box office wiped out by theatre closures Even with a majority of the nation’s movie theaters shuttered due to the coronavirus outbreak, and distributors holding back on box office reporting and new releases, there continued to be a handful of cinemas around the country that braved this weekend, and kept their doors open. And for that, they should be commended. Depending on the movie, there were between 79-135 theaters that remained open out of roughly 5K that are closed. Those alive were in such…

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Parc Central, Tarragona (image: Wikimedia Commons)

European shopping centre property deals stall

A string of shopping centre and retail park transactions are stalling across Europe as coronavirus lockdowns require shops to close. Blackstone has been in discussions with Allianz for months to sell Forum Palermo for €200million but the deal has fallen through. One of the largest malls in the Sicilian city, the asset provides more than 48,000 m2 of gross lettable area over 124 shops and 2,500 parking spaces. The US investment giant is also understood to have paused the marketing of Spanish Espacio Leon, a shopping centre which was put…

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