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Report: impact of COVID-19 on Euro cinema industry

UNIC is collecting detailed information on the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the cinema industry across the 38 territories it represents (please note, report is given below without statistical tables – download full report here). 1. CLOSURE PROCESS SUMMARYThe vast majority of cinemas across Europe closed in mid-March, with the exception of Italy (with almost 50% closed from 23 February), Russia (all closed from 31 March) and Sweden (partly closed as the strict ban only applied to gatherings of 500+ and more recently 50+ people). In the territories where…

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Artist impression of planned Arc Cinema Peterhead

Aberdeenshire: planned new cinema to be star attraction

Plans have been lodged to redesign the front of a building set to become a cinema in a north-east town. Arc Cinema in Peterhead has been a long-running project and has been built on the site of the former Gala Bingo in the town centre. Now the developers behind the venue have applied to Aberdeenshire Council planners to refurbish and improve the current facade of the building. They previously received permission to install signs on 63 Marischal Street but now want a more extensive renovation. The Irish firm want to…

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Existing frontage of Guildford Odeon (Image- SurreyLive)

Guildford cinema extension cancelled ‘temporarily’

Odeon withdraws application to refurbish cinema and extend into former Old Orleans restaurant building. Plans had been submitted to build two new screens. Odeon has withdrawn its planning application to refurbish its Guildford cinema and extend it into the former Old Orleans restaurant building. The cinema giant had submitted proposals to Guildford Borough Council (GBC) in February to build two new screens at its Bedford Road site, extending it into the building adjacent to it, which has laid vacant for a number of years. Two new, 74 seat auditoriums at the cinema looked set to be accompanied…

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