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UK cinema chains Odeon & Showcase plan to reopen in July

EXCLUSIVE UPDATE, 5:45AM: UK exhibitor Odeon Cinemas, which is owned by the Wanda-controlled AMC Theatres, has become the latest chain to confirm it is aiming to re-open its venues in “early July’, depending on evolving government regulations and available movies. An Oden spokesperson told Deadline: “We continue to make good progress in our plans for reopening cinemas in the UK and across Europe. We are working closely with national cinema associations and governments as we introduce additional health and safety protocols across all of our sites. “These new protocols have…

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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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