Cinema closures are hurting students, worker claims

An Odeon Cinema, image taken by Tamworth Herald.

By Namira Hussain

The challenges faced by cinemas from finance, movies being pulled, to a lack of a social area, have negatively impacted University students.

Neelam Hussain, 21, first year Masters in Criminology student at City University, said: “I work at my local Empire cinemas and I have heard nothing about what is happening, I feel hurt and let down and its honestly impacting my mental health and studies”.

The lack of clarity during this unprecedented pandemic has played a key role in university students being hit harder than most as they are left to face the challenges of paying regular rent and facing the potential impact of being jobless.

In order to tackle the stress of this situation, students resort to leisure and social activities, which are a large part of university life, such as visiting the cinema regularly and interacting with friends.

Neelam continued: “There are hundreds of students dependent on cinemas like me so I hope companies can help us in some way”.

Currently in the UK Odeon cinemas are set to open at weekends only at specific cinemas, however this was after initially publicly stating that all venues were to be shut. Despite this, the fact that they are open at weekends only means that one quarter of the cinemas will be shut in the weekdays.

On the other hand, Mooky Greidinger, Cineworld Group CEO, has decided to shut all cinemas. She 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.”

This struggle has impacted over 45,000 employees who are set to lose their job as a result of the cinemas closure.

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