Cinema Closures & Re-Openings

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ALBANIA
Status: closed | closed since: 14 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA

ARGENTINA
Status: closed | closed since: 16 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA

AUSTRALIA
Status: closed | closed since: 24 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: mid-July
Re-opening conditions: Plans include staggered start times to minimise crowding in foyers, more intensive cleaning of cinemas between sessions, more online bookings and cashless payments, special sessions for seniors because of their heightened coronavirus risk, hand sanitiser stations in foyers and possibly cinema entrances, social distance floor markings and selling pre-packed rather than serve-yourself popcorn and lollies at candy bars. While safety measures could change depending on the virus' progress, cinemas might have just 25 to 40 per cent of seats occupied. Palace Cinemas aims to be the first cinema operator to re-open in Australia's New South Wales on 2 July, but with at least 65% of its seating unoccupied.

AUSTRIA
Status: closed | closed since: 12 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 1 July 2020
Re-opening conditions: Up to 250 moviegoers per screening. Form 1 of August up to 500 moviegoers, with exceptions made up to 1000 moviegoers. Social distancing practices will be applied.

BELGIUM 
Status: closed | closed since: 14 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 8 June 2020

BELARUS
Status: voluntary closures | closed since: beginning of April | re-open: TBA
Comments: In Belarus, although cinemas have reported voluntary closures, it is not possible to estimate how many screens have been closed.

BULGARIA
Status: open | open since: 13 May 2020
Re-opening conditions: Physical distancing and anti-epidemic measures with occupancy limited to 30% and a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between the moviegoers. F&B sales are not allowed. 

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Status: open | open since: 14 May 2020
Re-opening conditions: Federal authorities announced on 14 May that cinemas and cultural institutions could re-open immediately. Some cinemas are re-opened effectively during the week of 18 May.

BRASIL
Status: closed | closed since: mid of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA

CANADA
Status: closed | closed since: 13 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA

CHILE
Status: closed | closed since: mid of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA

CHINA
Status: closed | closed since: January 2020 | estimated re-opening: early June 2020
Re-opening conditions: Chinese authorities will allow further leisure venues, including cinemas, to gradually re-open, the top administrative body said on Friday. No timeframe was given for the re-opening. The State Council posted a statement to its official website saying that venues including cinemas will need to adhere to “strict prevention measures” including disinfection, enhanced ventilation, limiting visitor numbers and utilizing face masks. Several film executives contacted by THR on Monday said they were encouraged by the State Council's statement, but that they are awaiting more detailed instructions from China's Film Bureau — such as a target restart date and more fine-grained health guidelines — before moving ahead with reopening plans. Some cinema-chains are already advertising for movies to be screened by 28 May 2020.

CROATIA
Status: open | copen since: 25 May 2020
Re-opening conditions: Cinemas in Croatia can re-open from 25 May 2020, but multiplexes in malls not expected to start opening until 15 June, as the number of people who can enter a mall is restricted. Meanwhile CineStar is opening a drive-in.

CYPRUS
Status: closed | closed since: 16 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 14 July 2020

CZECH REPUBLIC
Status: open | open since: 11 May 2020
Re-opening conditions: Movie screenings will be limited to 100 people. Other restrictions will include limiting seating to only every other row and every other seat, except for families; enforcing face masks; and banning all food and drinks from inside auditoriums. The management of [Cineworld-owned] Cinema City multiplexes in the Czech Republic has decided to postpone the opening of its cinemas until the situation allows operation without major restrictions.

DENMARK
Status: open | open since: 21 May 2020
Re-opening conditions: Movigoers will be limited to 50 people per screen.

ESTONIA
Status: closed | closed since: 12 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 1 June2020
Re-opening conditions: Large public events can take place again in Estonia from June 1, with a maximum of 1000 people for outdoor events and 500 for indoor events, at 50% maximum capacity. Cinemas are included in this.

FINLAND
Status: closed | closed since: mid of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 1 June 2020
Re-opening conditions: Finland’s government has outlined a ‘hybrid strategy’ for re-opening society, which will see cinema re-open 1 June to 50-people capacity per screening. 

FRANCE
Status: closed | closed since: mid of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: early July
Comments: France’s movie theaters may be able to re-open at the beginning of July, the country’s Culture Minister Franck Riester said on 18 May. A further update is expected at the end of this month, however, Riester told local radio this morning that the government believes a certain number of cinemas may be able to get back to work in early July. Drive-in-cinemas are operating. Drive-in-cinemas are allowed and gaining popularity.

GERMANY
Status: partially re-opened | closed since: 13 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA
Comments: HDF Kino, Germany’s largest theater organization, is taking a stand for Germany-wide re-opening regulations on a federal level, since the regulations are set on state level and cause confusion, especially for cinema chains which operate across state-borders. The HDF recommends a Germany-wide re-opening on 4 June 2020. HDF Kino estimates that the lockdown has cost German exhibitors in the region of €186M. Drive-in cinemas are booming in Germany. By this summer, Germany will have over 100 drive-in cinemas, making it the world's second largest market after the US. Although some states officially re-opened cinemas, in fact only 40 cinemas opened across the country. 

  • BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG
    Status: closed | closed since: 13 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 1 Juni 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Cinemas may open if they can suffice the hygiene and social distancing regulations. Moviegoers must be traceable by the authorities. Cinemas can host up to 100 moviegoers indoors.

  • BAVARIA
    Status: closed | closed since: 13 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 15 June 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Cinemas will start with a limit of 50 moviegoers per screening. Outdoor cinemas will start with a limit of 100 moviegoers. In a second step there will be a limit of 350 moviegoers indoors and 500 moviegoers outdoors per screening. There is no date set yet for the second phase. A social distancing concept and a minimum distance of 1.5m between the moviegoers is required.

  • BERLIN
    Status: closed | closed since: 13 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 6 June 2020 (expected)
    Comments: Cinemas will stay closed at least until 5 June 2020.

  • BRANDENBURG
    Status: closed | closed since: 13 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 6 June 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Cinemas can re-open if they have a social distancing concept and if they can assure a minimum distance of 1.5m between the moviegoers.

  • BREMEN
    Status: closed | closed since: 13 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA

  • HAMBURG
    Status: open | open since: 27 May 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Cinemas can re-open if they have a social distancing concept and if they can assure a minimum distance of 1.5m between the moviegoers.

  • HESSEN
    Status: open | open since: 9 May 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Cinemas can re-open if they have a social distancing concept, a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between the moviegoers and a max occupancy rate of 25%-30% (depending on the area). The region has 346 screens (as of 2019), but the majority of those are staying shut, with several operators saying it simply isn’t viable to re-open under the current conditions. 

  • LOWER SAXONY
    Status: closed | closed since: 13 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA
    Comments: A concept for re-opening cinemas is expected to be announced in the upcoming days.

  • MECKLENBURG VORPOMMERN
    Status: open | open since: 18 March 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Cinemas can re-open with a capacity of 75 people and a distance apart of 1.5m, if they have a social distancing concept, which can assure the mentioned conditions:  

  • NRW
    Status: closed | closed since: 13 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 30 May 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Cinemas can re-open if they have a social distancing concept and if they can assure a minimum distance of 1.5m between the moviegoers. Limited to 75 moviegoers per screening.

  • RHINELAND-PALATINATE
    Status: open | open since: 27 May 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Cinemas may open if they can suffice the hygiene and social distancing regulations. Moviegoers must be traceable by the authorities. Indoor venues can host up to 75 persons.

  • SAARLAND
    Status: open | open since: 18 May 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Cinemas can re-open if they have a social distancing concept and if they can assure a minimum distance of 1.5m between the moviegoers.

  • SAXONY
    Status: open | open since: 18 May 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Cinemas can re-open if they have a social distancing concept and if they can assure a minimum distance of 1.5m between the moviegoers.

  • SAXONY-ANHALT
    Status: open | open since: 28 May 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Cinemas can re-open if they have a social distancing concept and if they can assure a minimum distance of 1.5 m between the moviegoers.

  • SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN
    Status: open | open since: 18 May 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Cinemas can re-open if they have a social distancing concept and if they can assure a minimum distance of 1.5m between the moviegoers. Limited to 50 moviegoers per screening.

  • THURINGIA
    Status: closed | closed since: 13 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 6 June 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Cinemas can re-open if they have a social distancing concept and if they can assure a minimum distance of 1.5 m between the moviegoers.

GREECE
Status: closed | closed since: 13 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: Early June

HONG KONG
Status: open | open since: 8 May 2020
Re-opening conditions: Masks, Staggered seating plans, temperature checks and deeper cleaning sessions between each show. Sessions are limited to a max of 50% of the capacity. Theaters will be kept below full capacity. In one example of its seating map, the cinema chain Broadway showed pairs of seats being sold in a diamond pattern. For now, Hong Kong cinema-goers will not be able to consume food or drinks while watching a show. 

HUNGARY
Status: closed | closed since: mid of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA

ICELAND
Status: open | open since: 4 May 2020
Re-opening conditions: In Iceland, cinemas are allowed to re-open from 4 May with a capacity limit of 50 people per screen.

INDIA
Status: closed | closed since: 10 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA
Comments: Multiplex companies such as PVR and Inox are going all out to make their properties safe for their patrons; movie ticket buying will completely shift online and food and beverages menu will be cut short.  Indian multiplex major PVR Limited announces that it expects to re-open July or August.

IRELAND
Status:  closed | closed since end of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 10 August 2020
Comments: The re-opening of theatres and cinemas are included in the fifth and final phase of the government’s roadmap, which will come into effect on August 10 if measures to restrict the spread of the virus are successful.

ISRAEL
Status: closed | closed since: mid of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA

ITALY
Status: closed | closed since: 12 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 15 June 2020
Comments: The Italian cinema association ANEC is going to share reopening guidelines with the Minister of Culture, encouraging for cinemas to be included in future reopening announcements. In the first stage of re-opening, screenings will be limited to 200 people per room. Elsewhere, as Italians await wide cinema re-openings, the big novelty is a nationwide outdoor initiative called Moviement Village, which is being launched with government support in roughly 200 arenas and drive-ins.

JAPAN
Status: partially re-opening | closed since: Mid of April | estimated re-opening: 31 May 2020
Re-opening conditions: The government officially extended the nationwide state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic to May 31. On May 11 the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that it was arranging to lift the state of emergency for the 34 prefectures least affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The remaining 13, including Tokyo and Osaka, are still under emergency advisories, which include theater closures, until the end of May. Toho Cinemas, Japan’s biggest exhibition chain, has since announced that it will reopen ten of its theaters in the 34 least affected prefectures, on May 15. A handful of independent theaters in these areas are back in business. Another big chain, Aeon Cinemas, also announced a partial reopening. A total of 27 Aeon multiplexes in 16 prefectures will open their doors starting on May 18. Other cinema operators are also re-opening.

KOREA REPUBLIC
Status: open
Comments: Korea has re-opened a portion of its major cinemas after a soft-ish shutdown. After shuttering about 30% of its circuit in late March, major exhibitor CGV is set to turn the lights back on in 36 theaters including those in central Seoul, and with social distancing measures. Lotte is also planning to open some sites. "If you wear a mask in the cinema, there is no possibility of corona infection," is the message from Korea's “COVID-19 Response Film Industry Safety Management Committee”, made up of six infection experts and three cinema officials. The Korean Film Promotion Committee announced that the number of audiences last month was 97,000 a down of 92.7% (12.37m) from April last year. 

KOSOVO
Status: closed | closed since: 12 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 1 June 2020

LATVIA
Status: open | open since: 12 May 2020
Re-opening conditions: Cinemas in Latvia are allowed to reopen from 12 May, limited to 25 people per screening and a distance of 2m as part of a gradual relaxing of lockdown rules.

LITHUANIA
Status: closed | closed since: 16 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 30 May 2020
Re-opening conditions: Lithuanian cinemas could reopen on 30 May, limited to 30 people per screening.

LIECHTENSTEIN
Status: closed | closed since: 16 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA

LUXEMBOURG
Status: closed | closed since: 12 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 29 May 2020

MEXICO
Status: closed | closed since: end of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA
Comments: Cinemas closed first in Mexico City on 23 March 2020

MONTENEGRO
Status: closed | closed since: 13 March 2020 | estimated re-opening TBA

NETHERLANDS

Status: closed | closed since: mid of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 1 June 2020
Re-opening conditions: Restrictions will include a maximum 30 visitors per venue, with social distancing of 1.5 meters between each person. The Dutch Association of Cinema Operators responded to the news by saying that the 30-person limit on occupancy is "disappointing". From 1 July, assuming all goes well, that number will be increased to 100 people, which is around 25% capacity.

NEW ZEALAND
Status: open | open since: 14 May 2020
Re-opening conditions: Require physical distancing and strict hygiene measures in place. New Zealand's biggest cinema chain, Event Cinemas, is looking at cutting its workforce as it restructures in response to weeks of lockdown, when people could not go to the movies. Carmen Switzer, Event Cinemas NZ general manager, said the business was restructuring and "entering into a consultation process with staff and the unions to reduce its workforce, in line with the current and future business requirements".

NORTH MACEDONIA
Status: closed | closed since: mid of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA

NORWAY
Status: open | open since: 7 May 2020
Re-opening conditions: Cinemas will initially be limited to 50 people per screen, with a minimum of one meter in between each patron. If everything goes well and the virus doesn’t come back, the capacity in theaters will be increased to 200 people per screen starting on June 15. Norway has 211 cinemas and 438 screens, 15 % of them re-opened (as of 14 May 2020) and made a total of 7,187 admissions on the first weekend. 

MALTA
Status: closed | closed since: mid of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA

POLAND
Status: closed | closed since: 12 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 6 June 2020
Re-opening conditions: The Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced that cinemas will have to provide sanitary recommendations for individual industries after the consultation process with entrepreneurs has been announced. In addition, Morawiecki said that from 30 May it will no longer be mandatory to wear masks, provided that a distance of 2 meters between people is maintained.  with gatherings of up to 50 people authorized.

PORTUGAL
Status: closed | closed since: mid of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 1 June 2020

ROMANIA
Status: closed | closed since: 12 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA
Comments: The next set of easing measures would taken place from June 1. Schools will remain closed until September.

RUSSIA
Status: closed | closed since: end of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA
Comments: de facto closed. There are still some small independent cinemas operating, since there is no ban on federal level (as of 24 March 2020).

SERBIA
Status: closed | closed since: mid of March 2020| estimated re-opening: TBA

SINGAPORE
Status: closed | closed since: 26 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA
Comments: The first of a three-phase reopening, starting June 2, will likely take about four to six weeks, according to officials. The final and third phase, whereby social and business gatherings would have resumed with limited crowd sizes, will likely last until a vaccine is discovered or the disease is deemed non-threatening. Under the third phase, services and activities that involve significant prolonged close contact such like cinemas, bars and nightclubs.

SLOVAKIA
Status: open| open since: 20 May 2020
Re-opening conditions: Levels at 100 people per screening. Visitors must maintain a 2 metre distance between each other. Operators must disable equipment, that can potentially produce aerosol particles (such as hand dryers), disinfect sanitary facilities every hour, disinfect contact surfaces (door knobs, handrails, counters) before each performance, refrain from selling drinks or snacks, eliminate seating in foyers, ensure there is only one person per 15 m2 in the foyer, and appoint at least one person who will be in charge of supervising and ensuring that these precautions are adhered to. Strict health and safety rules have made it difficult for most to reopen. One major chain might reopen by 28 May. 

SLOVENIA
Status: closed | closed since: end of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA

SPAIN
Status: open | open since: 12 May 2020
Re-opening conditions: Cinemas will have to respect two key requirements mentioned by the Government: pre-allocated seats and 1/3 maximum occupancy. If the situation evolves positively in Spain, the allowed occupancy will grow to 50% after two weeks. Major cities like Barcelona and Madrid will not reopen their cinemas before 8 June, while cinemas in the Canary islands could re-open as early as 18 May. The Spanish Government made it mandatory for all citizens above 6 y/o from 21 May to wear masks both indoors and out in public if social distancing is not possible. Drive-in-cinemas are allowed and gaining popularity.

SWEDEN
Status: some remain open | closed since: beginning of April | re-opening: TBA
Comments: No nationwide closure. Some cinemas remain open.

SWITZERLAND
Status: closed | closed since: 16 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 8 June 2020
Comments: The Federal Council will announce further measures on the ban of public events after a meeting on 27 May 2020. The decision of re-opening on 8 June 2020 will be taken in that meeting. 

TAIWAN
Status: open
Comments: Some cinemas are reacting to the COVID-19-Pandemic by slimming down the program. A decrease in moviegoers and a lack of films lead some cinemas to ask for financial aid from the government.

TURKEY
Status: closed | closed since: 16 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA

UKRAINE
Status: closed | closed since: 17 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 10 June 2020
Comments: The lockdown has been extended to 22 May. A five-step reopening plan has been outlined by the Government, starting from 11 May. Cinemas could re-open as part of step 3, which could start from around June 10.

UK
Status: closed | closed since: mid of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: 4 July 2020
Re-opening conditions: Vue Cinemas has confirmed it is aiming to re-open on July 4 with various measures in place, as well as enhanced cleaning and employee-protection protocols. While Odeon Cinemas hasn't officially announced its re-opening plans, the chain did confirm, that it's aiming to re-open in "early July". Cineworld has yet to confirm if its cinemas will be open on July 4. Showcase Cinemas has confirmed that it's "working towards" being able to open its cinemas on July 4. Cineworld Cinemas Ltd today said it plans to start reopening cinemas across the UK in July. Drive-in-cinemas are operating.

URUGUAY
Status: closed | closed since: mid of March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA

USA
Status: closed | closed since: 17 March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA
Comments: A handful states are starting to re-open for business, but theaters around the country remain closed. The major chains are not expecting to re-open until July at the earliest. The biggest metro areas, like L.A. or New York City, will certainly be last to re-open. Drive-In cinemas gaining popularity across the country.

  • CALIFORNIA
    Status: closed | closed since: mid March 2020 | estimated re-opening: TBA
    Comments: In Los Angeles County "by July 4, there could be a "full or staged" re-opening of all businesses such as retail, restaurants and malls...", but "it is unclear where movie theaters fall in reopening…", said Board of Supervisors chair Kathryn Barger following the second meeting of the Los Angeles County Economic Resiliency Task Force.

  • GEORGIA
    Status: open | open since: 27 April 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Mayor chains like AMC, Regal and Cinemark stayed closed. Movie Theaters could open with 25% of capacity.

  • TEXAS
    Status: open | open since: 1 May 2020
    Re-opening conditions: Re-opening at 25% of capacity. Some cinemas even in Huston re-opened. Despite that, the vast majority of theaters in Texas and elsewhere — including all the major chains — have remained closed, citing the lack of new movies to show and the challenges of providing a safe experience.