What does the latest James Bond delay mean for Vue cinemas like Hartlepool?

The boss of cinema chain Vue says it is considering its options and will try to avoid job losses after more blockbusters were delayed because of coronavirus.
Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to Die.Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to Die.
Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to Die.

Chief Executive Tim Richards said cinema chains were dealt a “body blow” by the next James Bond film, No Time To Die, being pushed back from this December until next April.

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And sci-fi epic Dune which was also due to come out in December has now been moved to October 2021.

Vue Cinema in Hartlepool.Vue Cinema in Hartlepool.
Vue Cinema in Hartlepool.

Mr Richards told Sky News: “We are struggling, we’re absolutely struggling."

Earlier he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We’re good to go. Our problem right now is we have no movies. This was a big blow for us.

“We’ve tried to retain all of our jobs for the 5,500 employees we have in the UK and that’s still our goal.

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“We came into this as a very strong industry; we just need to make it through the next three or four months where there are no movies.”

Asked if Vue would shut any sites he said: “We’re being forced right now to look at options.”

Hartlepool’s 10-screen Vue, at the Lanyard, which reopened in late August, currently remains open and is showing a mix of new films, such as Tenet and Bill & Ted Face the Music, and older favourites including Harry Potter and Jurassic Park.

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