Cineworld to close all of its cinemas across Ireland and the UK 1 year ago

Cineworld to close all of its cinemas across Ireland and the UK

"To find out you may no longer have a job from the media is awful."

Cineworld is reportedly set to close all of its cinemas in the UK, Ireland and US this week because of the impact of coronavirus.

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The news comes after the announcement that upcoming Bond film No Time To Die has been pushed back to April next year, after it was set to be released in cinemas next month.

It follows the decision to push back the release of the ninth instalment of the popular Fast and Furious franchise until May next year.

There's currently one Cineworld in Ireland - a 17-screen cinema in Dublin - but there had been plans for another to open in Belfast.

A report from Variety states no reopening date has been specified but the cinemas are set to remain closed for the remainder of 2020.

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The company employs 5,500 people across the UK and Ireland.

Cineworld Action Group, an action group formed and ran by Cineworld employees around the UK, tweeted on Saturday evening that no consultation had been made with Cineworld staff.

“We have found out vital information about our jobs from the media throughout the pandemic. Workers have been left out of discussions that should’ve included our voices,” the group tweeted on Sunday morning.

The group have been highly critical of the company's communication, stating that finding out that they may have no jobs in the future from the media is "awful".

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News of the closures was first reported in The Sunday Times but came to attention on Saturday night when the newspaper published a preview of its front page.