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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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Virus Crisis may spur more Hollywood studio mergers – analyst

“The production and distribution of media content will be permanently changed,” including fewer U.S. cinema screens and a further focus on tentpole titles, Michael Nathanson says in his report “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.” “We have a strong belief that the production and distribution of media content will be permanently changed by this crisis,” Michael Nathanson wrote about the coronavirus pandemic in a Friday report entitled “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.” Among his predictions: The U.S. will end up with fewer cinema screens, and most studios will have to look for mergers…

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“We will survive”: Vue International boss eyes mid-July to reopen cinemas

The road to recovery for much of Europe’s exhibition sector may still be an ambiguous prospect, but Vue International, one of the continent’s largest cinema chains, hopes to jumpstart business by mid-July. The exhibitor, which operates close to 2,000 screens across 10 countries including the U.K., Italy, Germany, Denmark and Taiwan, has shuttered all 228 sites except for its sole, 20-screen Taiwanese cinema, but CEO Tim Richards is bullish that restrictions will be relaxed and “people will be more comfortable going out again” by summer. “We know there’s going to…

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