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UK cinema industry calls for more rent relief for operators

The UK cinema industry has called on the government to introduce a rent relief scheme to give operators more breathing space to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown. Phil Clapp, head of the UK Cinema Association, which represents cinema operators in the UK, welcomed the news this week that the government intends to allow some hospitality businesses – including cinemas – to open from 4 July. However, he added that some may not be able to reopen safely until later in the year and that operators needed financial…

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Private rentals help cinemas transition to reopening

Imagine holding your own private movie screening on a huge cinema screen, with just a few family or friends. As movie theaters slowly start to return with strict social distancing measures still enforced, some cinemas have started offering exactly this option. “With Texas allowing us to open at 25% capacity, the idea allowed us to slowly bring our guests back into a safe and controlled environment,” says Annelise Holyoak, national director of marketing and communications for Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas. “Within about 12 hours almost all the spots were sold out.…

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London: Westminster to unlock outdoor space to help restaurants reopen

Temporary road closures, widened pavements and fast-tracked applications for outside seating are among the measures being planned by Westminster Council to help hospitality reopen. Areas to be affected by the changes include Covent Garden, Soho, Leicester Square and Chinatown, St James’s, Fitzrovia, Oxford Circus, Mayfair, Marylebone and Paddington. Cllr Rachael Robathan, leader of Westminster City Council, said: “The hospitality sector is vital to Westminster’s economy with more than 3,000 bars and restaurants. They, and our many other attractions, are the reason people fly thousands of miles to enjoy the West…

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