Cineworld Cinemas temporary closure

It’s with great sadness that all Cineworld cinemas across the UK and Ireland will be temporarily closed from Friday (October 9) until further notice.

This is not a decision we made lightly. We did everything in our power to support safe and sustainable re-openings of our cinemas and we are so very grateful for our employees who implemented the new protocols which resulted in lots of positive feedback from customers who visited our cinemas and felt safe. We were very proud of the fact that cinemas were open for 2 months and there was not one COVID case resulting from visiting the cinema. We cannot underscore enough how difficult this decision was.

As we have done to date, we will do everything we can to save livelihoods and the company – this is an extremely delicate and tricky balance. We continue to work with the Cinema Association, to ensure we are lobbying government to support our employees and the industry which has so much cultural significance.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate our plans to resume operations once film studios are able to bring their pipeline of major movie releases back to the big screen. We can assure you that once a line-up of movie releases is confirmed, we will be ready to re-open our cinemas, as we did in July, with the same safety levels you have already seen while at the same time keeping the great experience that you are used to getting from us.

A big thank you goes to you, our movie-loving customers; your health and wellbeing has always been our priority during this difficult time and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible to enjoy a full slate of films.

As our cinemas close, online account management on your My Cineworld account will be temporarily disabled for security purposes from Friday (9 October). This service will be available again when our cinemas reopen. We’ll email you when we’re up and running again and will extend any My Cineworld Plus accounts retrospectively for time we were closed.

If you have any questions, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions here.