Kidderminster Reel Cinema. Photo- Geograph

Reel closes its Kidderminster cinema on a permanent basis

KIDDERMINSTER’s only cinema has closed its doors permanently. Reel Cinema has announced it will not be welcoming customers back to its Green Street venue after the coronavirus lockdown, after previously delaying its July reopening. In an announcement to its “valued customers” on Facebook, Reel said: “With a heavy heart we had to take the decision to not reopen Reel cinema Kidderminster and is now permanently closed. “We would like to say a huge thank you to all our customers. we sincerely appreciate your kind support over the years. AD “We…

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Woman alone in cinema. Photo by Karen Zhao/Unsplash

“British cinemas are being left for dead”

If France’s cinemas are packed, why aren’t Britain’s? If anyone was going to do well in a global pandemic, it was always going to be the zombies. Over the last week, 2.1 million South Koreans have gone to the cinema to see Peninsula – Yeon Sang-ho’s long-awaited follow-up to his 2016 action-horror smash Train to Busan, in which the country is ravaged by an undead plague. Peninsula is currently playing on almost 2,000 screens around the country, and has grossed £12.4 million in its first week of release. South Korea’s…

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Coronavirus: film industry urgently needs to find a solution

Sky News takes a look at the future of cinema as productions and releases continue to be delayed due to the coronavirus crisis. Not unlike the aviation industry, it’s difficult to envisage how social distancing will work in the cinema. But as the UK Cinema Association plots its comeback, the film industry faces not just angst but conflict during the coronavirus lockdown. Zygi Kamasa, chief executive of Lionsgate UK, has organised a streaming event to raise funds for two causes. In a bid to bring back the notion of Saturday…

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