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Odeon, Cineword and Picturehouse closing all cinemas amid coronavirus epidemic


BRITISH cinemas are set to close their doors to the public as the coronavirus crisis continues to escalate.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urged people in the UK to avoid socialising, including cinemas, theatres and pubs.

 Odeon has closed cinemas across the UK "until further notice"
Odeon has closed cinemas across the UK “until further notice”

Odeon announced in a tweet this morning that it closing its 120 cinemas until further notice, to halt the spread of the virus.

It said that any customers with pre-booked tickets would be refunded automatically.

If you have any further questions, Odeon said to contact its Guest Services Centre by clicking here.

Odeon has also automatically paused membership payments for Limitless members until cinemas reopen.

As this can take up to 48 hours, if your next payment does go through, you will still be refunded automatically.

Cineworld and Picturehouse have both also announced that they are closing doors starting from today.

 Coronavirus continues to spread across the UK, causing 55 deaths so far
Coronavirus continues to spread across the UK, causing 55 deaths so far

There is no reopening date as yet, with movie theatres closed “until further notice”.

The Sun has asked Cineworld and Picturehouse whether they will refund prepaid tickets and will update this story when we know.

So far, Vue Cinemas has not made any announcements around cinema closures due to coronavirus.

Cineworld Group CEO Mooky Greidiner said: “At Cineworld and Picturehouse, we are committed to providing safe and healthy environments for our employees and guests and have therefore made the difficult decision to close our cinemas in UK and Ireland until further notice.”

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Last week, the chain said that  it could be put out of business because of coronavirus.

It warned n a worst-case scenario could leave the group losing up to three months revenue and unable to pay its debts.

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