Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 6 October 2020
CINEWORLD, the second biggest cinema chain in the world, are temporarily closing the doors to all of their venues across the United Kingdom from Thursday 8 October.
The closures will hit Hinckley’s ever-popular Cineworld venue in The Crescent shopping and leisure complex on Station Road, which opened their doors back on 4 December 2015.
‘Key facility’ for residents
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Council explained: “The cinema is a key facility that the residents of the borough asked to see returned to the town as part of the [2015 town and Crescent] redevelopment.”
Council ‘extremely concerned’
Council bosses at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council further stated that they are ‘extremely concerned’ to hear the news of the temporary closure announced by the British cinema chain.
The Cineworld venue will close for a second time, just two months after they reopened their doors after they came out of lockdown on Friday 31 July.
Council’s Chief Executive comments
Chief Executive at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Bill Cullen said: “Clearly this is of deep concern to our local residents and particularly to Cineworld staff.
“We will be contacting senior executives of the company to request further discussions over safeguarding the long term future of the facility.”
Stuart Bray’s statement
Council Leader, Stuart Bray said: “This is extremely sad and disappointing news as the cinema is much loved and used by the residents of this borough.
“We will work with our partners including the DWP to provide help and advice to Cineworld employees at this worrying time and to help safeguard the future of this great facility for our residents and visitors.”
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