CGI of Curzon Hawley Wharf

Unexpected cinema “renaissance” for London

London is getting four – yes, four – new cinemas this year The future is suddenly looking a whole lot brighter for London’s cinemas than it might have appeared a few months ago. With new openings planned, including three Curzons, a Picturehouse and a long-awaited cinema in Acton, it’s bigger too. First up is the three-screen Curzon Hoxton, which opened last week after Covid-related delays. A Gaumont Cinema until the ’50s, its Pitfield Street premises have gone back to its picturehouse roots. ‘It’s been eight years in the making and…

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AMC Discover Mills by valerierenee (Wikimedia Commons)

Wanda sells off AMC theatres stake for $426 Million

Wanda has had a controlling stake in the exhibition giant since 2012, but January’s Reddit-fueled rally saw the company trade in its super-voting Class B stock for Class A common stock, giving up control but giving it the option to cash out. Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group has sold off essentially its entire stake in AMC Theatres, officially exiting the U.S. theatrical exhibition business. Wanda has had a controlling stake in the exhibition giant since 2012, but January’s Reddit-fueled rally saw the company trade in its super-voting Class B stock for…

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empty cinema photo by Felix Mooneeram on Unsplash

Wales: Covid rules are “impractical and unnecessary” says UK Cinema Association

Only a “small minority” of cinemas in Wales will be able to reopen next week under current restrictions, according to an industry trade body. Confirmation is expected on Friday that cinemas can reopen from 17 May. But the UK Cinema Association said regulations were different in Wales to the other nations, with venues following the same, stricter rules as indoor hospitality. The Welsh government said cinemas would open “when safe to do so”. Phil Clapp, chief executive of the association which represents 90% of the industry including big cinema chains, said…

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