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Gyms face legal action over unpaid rent

Gym and leisure centre bosses say they face being evicted during the coronavirus crisis over non-payment of rent. Trade body UKActive said urgent action is needed to safeguard exercise venues as unscrupulous landlords use a loophole to threaten eviction. New rules to protect commercial tenants were introduced last month. But they don’t prevent landlords from taking steps to force tenants to pay rent withheld because of the lockdown. “A worrying number have decided to pursue statutory demand notices or winding up orders,” said Huw Edwards, chief executive of UKActive. “We…

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Why cinemas will bounce back from coronavirus

It’s a dreadful time for the film industry, as for so many others. But if history shows us anything, it’s that the magic of the big screen isn’t going to vanish, writers Kaleem Aftab. Theatres are closing around the world. Jobs are being culled. No one knows when projectors will be fired up again. Cinema is far from unique in being an industry under threat in the time of Covid-19. But there is a particular irony in the fact that many of us have turned to streaming platforms to deliver…

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The new studios will be built in the new development at Thames Valley Science Park

Hollywood moviemaking complex planned for Reading

Plans to develop the “largest purpose-built film studio” in the UK have been put forward in Reading. US company Blackhall Studios and the University of Reading want to build the new £150m studios at Thames Valley Science Park. Blackhall said the move would “bring major Hollywood film productions to the UK” and create up to 3,000 jobs. The company has produced movies such as Venom, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Jumanji: The Next Level. The company said £500m a year would be invested in the complex, which would produce…

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