Bath Chronicle

City cin­ema to close ‘with great sad­ness’

- United Kingdom · Ireland · Picturehouse Cinemas

A Bath cin­ema closes to­mor­row with no date set for its re­open­ing.

The Lit­tle Theatre Cin­ema will shut along with all other Pic­ture­house and Cineworld Cine­mas in the UK and Ire­land.

The com­pany says the clo­sure comes be­cause film stu­dios pushed back re­lease dates of their films mean­ing cine­mas can­not af­ford to stay open with such lit­tle busi­ness. A to­tal of 45,000 jobs across the globe could be at risk due to the clo­sures.

The com­pany said in a mes­sage to cus­tomers: “It’s with great sad­ness that Pic­ture­house Cine­mas will be tem­po­rar­ily clos­ing all cine­mas from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 9. At present there is no set date for re­open­ing, how­ever we will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion closely and will com­mu­ni­cate any up­dates once film stu­dios are able to bring their ma­jor film re­leases back to the big screen.

“We will also con­tinue to fol­low gov­ern­ment and health author­ity guide­lines to en­sure that upon re­open­ing, the health and safety of our staff and cus­tomers re­mains our pri­or­ity.

“We can­not re­it­er­ate enough how dif­fi­cult this de­ci­sion was, and how dev­as­tated we are to be in this po­si­tion. We did ev­ery­thing in our power to sup­port the safe, sus­tain­able re­open­ings of our cine­mas, and we are very grate­ful to our em­ploy­ees who adapted quickly to their new roles so that our cine­mas ad­hered to the gov­ern­ment guide­lines to en­sure that our cus­tomers had a safe and en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence with us.

“We are sorry that many of you heard the news through the press be­fore we had the op­por­tu­nity to con­tact you di­rectly.

“We’re so grate­ful for the sup­port of all our cus­tomers over the last few months; your loy­alty to and pas­sion for cin­ema is in­valu­able. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing you back as soon as pos­si­ble to en­joy a full slate of films on the big screen.”

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