The coronavirus pandemic has impacted businesses across a wide range of industries, and movie theaters are no exception. And on October 5, Cineworld Group (LSE:CINE), the parent company of Regal Cinemas, announced plans to shut down all of its U.S. and U.K. movie theaters less than two months after those establishments were able to reopen.
The reason? It’s not a lack of consumer demand, but rather, a lack of movies to screen. With so many film releases being postponed due to the pandemic, movie theaters are now in a position where they want to welcome guests but don’t have content to entice them. Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger likened the situation to that of a grocery store with no food to sell — there’s little point in opening the doors.
Cineworld’s announcement comes on the heels of the newest James Bond movie being postponed yet again to April of 2021. The