Coronavirus Information, Resources, Advice and News

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This page is designed to pull together as much information, resources, and news relating to Coronavirus specifically within the cinema industry. Please feel free to let me know at of any other information and resources that you may be aware of:

General Corona Virus Information And Resources

All these resources and links are the Government related and similar sources relating to the virus and general advice:

Individual Cinema Organisations/Company Information and Support Pages

Most of the individual membership organisations and similar have pages with specifically tailored resources:

Cinema Sector-Specific Coronavirus News Stories

All the stories being published about Coronavirus across the sector:

Equipment and Technical Advice

All these links are guides and resources to looking after and maintaining the technical equipment in the cinema.

Fundraising Related Links

There are a number of different funds being setup to help support the sector:

Retail/Property/Commercial Related Material

Information and articles directly related to Retail/Property/Commercial:

Online Training Courses

There are plenty of online training courses being made available during this time, here are a few cinema specific ones:

Miscellaneous Resources and Information

This section is for any useful or relevant links that don’t fit anywhere else:


A number of different organisations are putting on webinars to help share knowledge and information during this period. Any that are known about are listed below:

Online Events This Week

Each week there are a variety of different online webinars being run by different people and companies, so here is your weekly guide to what is happening, with links to register:  Boxoffichave a list of Webinars as well.

Week Commencing: 13th April

Monday 13th : Easter Bank Holiday
Tuesday 14th: Boxoffice Pro Live Sessions with CineEurope @ 16.00 BST 
Wednesday 15th:
Thursday 16th:  CJ Cinema Summit #5 @ 17.00 BST
Friday 17th:  CineConf @ 17.00 IST

The Big Picture Infographics

The Big Picture have been creating informative infographics and helping to disseminate information from across the sector, along with supporting this page. Also have a look at their Corvid-19 Report:

Latest News:

RSS The Latest Updates from Celluloid Junkie
  • Vista Cinema In The Time of COVID-19
    On the morning of March 12th of this year, Leon Newnham, the Chief Executive Officer of Vista Cinema, woke up to discover much of his hard work over the past several weeks would be for naught. The growing coronavirus pandemic... The post Vista Cinema In The Time of COVID-19 appeared first on Celluloid Junkie.
    J. Sperling Reich
  • Film Expo Group Rallies Around ShowEast During Challenging Year
    To say that 2020 has been a bad year for cinema operators and theatrical film distributors would be quite the understatement. With COVID-19 shuttering most of the world’s movie theaters, global box office is down well over 70% from last... The post Film Expo Group Rallies Around ShowEast During Challenging Year appeared first on Celluloid […]
    J. Sperling Reich
  • The Problems Facing North American Movie Theatres After They Reopen
    Exhibitors are dying to reopen movie theatres. Studios are dying to release blockbuster films. But will fans be ready to risk dying to see them? That’s the dilemma facing our industry in what could be a cruel summer of dashed... The post The Problems Facing North American Movie Theatres After They Reopen appeared first on […]
    Michael Giltz
  • Saving Small Town Cinemas in the Wake of Covid-19
    As someone who made a living in the movie industry for over two decades and now writes about it, it pains me to admit this: I’m scared for what it’ll look like this time next year. I know, we’ve been... The post Saving Small Town Cinemas in the Wake of Covid-19 appeared first on Celluloid […]
    Jim Amos
  • EVO Shares A Phased Approach for Reopening Their Texas Cinemas After Coronavirus Shutdown
    From the very moment in mid-March when the COVID-19 pandemic forced most cinemas around the world to shut their doors, they began to contemplate not only when they could reopen, but how they could do so in a way that... The post EVO Shares A Phased Approach for Reopening Their Texas Cinemas After Coronavirus Shutdown […]
    J. Sperling Reich
  • When We Return To “Normal,” the First Stop May Be The Movie Theatre
    These haven’t been a pleasant two months for the movie industry. Those of us who follow the film business, or simply just love movies, have watched as moviegoing has been completely upended, along with the rest of the entertainment sector,... The post When We Return To “Normal,” the First Stop May Be The Movie Theatre […]
    Jim Amos
  • UNIC Launches Guide to Help Cinemas in Europe
    International cinema trade body UNIC has launched a comprehensive guide to help cinemas across Europe, with detailed information about cinema closures, possible re-opening dates as well as overviews of public funding initiatives and support. UNIC has also been active in... The post UNIC Launches Guide to Help Cinemas in Europe appeared first on Celluloid Junkie.
    Patrick von Sychowski
  • Cinema Marquees Go Viral Amid COVID-19 Shutdown
    “Electric tiaras” are what theatre historian Ben M. Hall called the movie marquee. The cinema marquee and its readograph – the backlit sign written with moveable letters – is as important as the movie poster. Originally a rectangular sign, its... The post Cinema Marquees Go Viral Amid COVID-19 Shutdown appeared first on Celluloid Junkie.
    Karen Krizanovich
  • “So, What Happens Now?” How UK Cinemas Keep Going
    It’s been a long old year, this week. It’s a sobering thought that our industry, like many others, temporarily doesn’t exist. In a little more than a week we at Celluloid Junkie have gone from tracking and reporting on the... The post “So, What Happens Now?” How UK Cinemas Keep Going appeared first on Celluloid […]
    Claire Beswick
  • Drive-Ins: How Big Screen Entertainment Survives During COVID-19
    In these days of self-isolation, “vectoring” only with those you must, going out to the cinema is not an option – or is it? As the coronavirus closes multiplexes, movie theatres, outdoor screenings and specialist cinematic events in the west,... The post Drive-Ins: How Big Screen Entertainment Survives During COVID-19 appeared first on Celluloid Junkie.
    Karen Krizanovich
RSS News and Information From Across This Site
  • Godzilla vs. Kong provides hope to cinema industry with post-COVID box office record 17th April 2021
    Godzilla vs. Kong is a huge increase on Wonder Woman 1984, which held the previous post-coronavirus opening weekend record. After an unprecedented year for Hollywood, with tentpole after tentpole delayed due to COVID-19, a strong opening weekend for the lizard-on-ape spectacular suggests plenty are itching to get back to their local picture house.   Source:
  • Saudi cinema chain announces $218.6m expansion plan 17th April 2021
    Saudi Arabia’s first home-grown cinema chain announced on Sunday a SR820 million ($218.6 million) expansion plan for 2021. MUVI Cinemas intends to grow to 307 screens nationwide over the next 12 months, launching 23 new sites in eight key Saudi regions, adding 204 screens and 22,872 seats to its portfolio. The planned expansion will bring […]
  • First weekend for movie goers back inside Prime Cinema was a success 17th April 2021
    Sunday is the 3rd night since Prime Cinema in Red Bluff opened its doors to the public for indoor movies. Owner of Prime Cinema Brian Young told KRCR they were very happy with the turnout of people returning to the movies. He said they averaged about 100 people total for both Friday and Saturday night. […]
  • How the UK became the most popular location for this autumn’s blockbusters 17th April 2021
    With some £1.2bn spent on new productions, this is boom time for the UK TV and film industry.   Source:
  • 2,700 UK attractions handed £400m to bring on summer – full list of festivals and events 17th April 2021
    More than 2,700 cultural and heritage bodies – from the National Football Museum in Manchester to Glastonbury Festival – are getting a slice of cash designed to boost the sector as it prepares for the easing of lockdown restrictions.   Source:
  • BBC tours UK for drama package 17th April 2021
    UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned eight new scripted series from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England, including a thriller from the writers of Humans.   Source:
  • How a “flattened hierarchy” helped Sarah Gavron bring Bafta contender ‘Rocks’ to life 17th April 2021
    It took three years for an all-female team to create London teen-girl drama Rocks. Screen talks to the feature’s Bafta-nominated filmmakers.   Source:
  • How I learned to stop worrying and enjoy the Marvel Cinematic Universe 17th April 2021
    I devoured 20 of the films in a month-long frenzy. But I can’t quite shake off the guilt that comes with this guilty pleasure…   Source:
  • Buxton Opera House, Buxton International Festival and Y Not Festival receive government grants 17th April 2021
    The venue and events will receive a share of £400 million given out nationally from the fund, which is awarded through Arts Council England, Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute. A total of £3.8 million has been given to 45 organisations from across Derbyshire as part of the latest round […]
  • The success of the silent film festival 17th April 2021
    HippFest held its first online festival last month and has declared it a great success. Their fans watched 220 films and over 80 musicians took part in the five day programme.   Source:
  • Netflix plans to clean up film sets to cut carbon footprint 17th April 2021
    Netflix, the maker of the Attenborough climate documentary, plans to banish dirty diesel generators from film sets and use more virtual production techniques, after a review found that more than half of the company’s carbon emissions came from film production.   Source:
  • BBC adds drama from ‘Salisbury Poisonings’ writers & hires BFI exec for talent initiative 17th April 2021
    The BBC in the UK has appointed a British Film Institute (BFI) exec as head of its new writers room and unveiled a raft of new dramas, including a show from the creatives behind The Salisbury Poisonings. Jessica Loveland becomes head of new writing at the BBC’s writersroom in Salford, UK, and has. remit to […]
    Have you ever watched a film or a TV show highly praised by both critics and fans, and ended up not getting all the fuss? If this has happened to you once or twice, then you have probably realized that some of the most acclaimed and most-watched movies and TV shows are actually overrated. While […]
  • 10 Best Alfred Hitchcock Movies on Netflix 17th April 2021
    Numerous extraordinary specialists go undervalued during their lifetimes. However, crowds ran to Hitchcock’s motion pictures by the thousand for sixty years, delighting in the energy. Hitchcock passed on calmly in his rest at his home in Bel Air in April 1980, giving up quite possibly the most renowned inheritances in film history. To commend the […]
  • Shell’s Sponsorship of Science Museum Climate Exhibition Sparks Outrage 17th April 2021
    The institution is already under intense pressure from campaigners over its existing relationships with oil companies.   Source:
  • ‘The Crown’ season 5 to start filming in July 17th April 2021
    Critically-acclaimed Netflix period drama series The Crown is gearing up to shoot its 5th season in July, according to a Variety report. The iconic British royals will be portrayed by a new set of actors, with Elizabeth Debicki playing Princess Diana, Dominick West starring as Prince Charles, Imelda Stauton as the Queen, and Lesley Manville […]
  • Lakeland Arts in Cumbria receive part of £1.57b Recovery Fund 17th April 2021
    Lakeland Arts in Cumbria has received a grant of £405,920 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.   Source:
  • £56,600 grant boost for Oldham Coliseum from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund 17th April 2021
    A WELCOME boost of £56,000 has been granted to Oldham Coliseum Theatre from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. This award will support future productions, both online and on stage, investment in the theatre’s team and opportunities for freelance artists.   Source:
  • Do we really need diversity quotas at The Oscars? 17th April 2021
    The revised criterion proves how self-defeating the Academy’s efforts at subverting the whole OscarsSoWhite debacle have been. I mean what best way to understand the blurring lines between diversity and tokenism than these “forced diversity” standards. It’s a case of classic Hollywood taking the high road to make the marginalized feel petty. Take the La […]
  • Beyond Brontes offers young people a step into the TV & film industry 17th April 2021
    AN initiative aimed at promoting diversity in the film and TV industry is recruiting again. Screen Yorkshire has opened applications for its third Beyond Brontes training programme. Young people aged 18 to 24 can apply for a place on the scheme, which is designed to widen access to jobs within the industry.   Source:

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Thank you to all those that have contributed information and resources to the page, especially Rob Arthur from The Bigger Picture.