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
  • CineAsia 2021 Canceled Over COVID Concerns
    With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to disrupt countries throughout Southeast Asia the Film Expo Group has decided to cancel this year’s CineAsia convention. The event was scheduled to take place in Bangkok, Thailand from December 6th to the 9th. This will be the third consecutive year in which CineAsia has been canceled. In 2019, politicalRead […]
    J. Sperling Reich
  • 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 had caused President Trump to restrict travel from Europe for the next 30 days, whichRead […]
    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 year and as cinemas reopen, it is uncertain whether audiences will comfortable returning in sufficientRead […]
    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 hopes and unrealistic expectations. We’ll discuss the new normal and the challenges facing exhibitors afterRead […]
    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 through this before. Each time a new technical advancement in the Home Entertainment space appearedRead […]
    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 made their patrons feel safe. As quarantine and stay-at-home orders in various regions are slowlyRead […]
    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, by coronavirus. With rare exception (“Tenet,” “Mulan,” “Wonder Woman 1984,” to name a few) mostRead […]
    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 liaising directly with individual member organisations on a national levels and driving the response toRead […]
    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 shape was adapted to a more trapezoid formation specifically to be seen from a movingRead […]
    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 measures that cinemas were taking to keep customers safe, to monitoring partial, and then fullRead […]
    Claire Beswick
RSS News and Information From Across This Site
  • Canon issues service notice over lockups with Canon XF605, EOS C70 and EOS R5c cameras 28th September 2022
    Canon has issued a slightly odd service notice. Well, it’s not that odd for Canon XF605 owners, as it relates to a problem specifically targeting that camera. What’s a little odd is that they’ve also included the Canon EOS C70 and Canon EOS R5c in the service notice, too. Canon says they’ve confirmed the “possibility” […]
  • Kleks Academy Transforms the Cinema Industry via NFT Technology 28th September 2022
    Generations of Polish children grew up on Professor Kleks, a universe created decades before Hogwarts. It all started with a story written in the ‘40s by Jan Brzechwa, which was turned into a cult film in the ‘80s, which over 30 million Poles saw in the cinema. Technology has since advanced drastically, allowing for the […]
  • Less Bollywood, more Tollywood: how Indian cinema’s hit machine flopped 28th September 2022
    Big releases with usually bankable male stars criticised for formulaic storylines as audience taste evolves. Source: Less Bollywood, more Tollywood: how Indian cinema’s hit machine flopped | Bollywood | The Guardian
  • Venice Film Festival 2022: Iranian cinema shines despite state repression 28th September 2022
    Filmmakers face strict censure from Ebrahim Raisi’s government for falling foul of official Iranian values but that has not prevented a remarkable showing at Venice. Source: Venice Film Festival 2022: Iranian cinema shines despite state repression | Middle East Eye
  • OnePlus brings Immersive 4DX Commercial in Cinemas 28th September 2022
    Leveraging a unique media opportunity, OnePlus, the global technology brand, unveiled its latest flagship smartphone the OnePlus 10T 5G through a specially developed multi-sensory commercial using 4-dimensional effects that would be screened in all PVR 4DX cinemas. This is India’s first immersive 4DX Ad made in partnership with PVR Cinemas using all the effects of […]
  • From Our Archives: Here’s a look back at this week in 1988 28th September 2022
    This feature mines our archives for what was going on this week in local history. Source: From Our Archives: Here’s a look back at this week in 1988
  • Roxburgh community celebrates NZ’s longest running cinema 28th September 2022
    The now volunteer-led cinema has been going for 125 years.
  • New Line Cinema Abandoned Iron Man Movie Because He ‘Was Too Heavy to Fly’ 28th September 2022
    Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe launched in 2008 with the release of Iron Man, the movie rights for the character were turned down by New Line Cinema, which had acquired the rights from Fox in 2000. According to a Hollywood Reporter source, New Line opted not to pursue Tony Stark’s story because Bob Shaye, who […]
  • Movie fan Martin Scorsese loves Ti West’s Pearl 28th September 2022
    Scorsese might not love the audiovisual entertainment of Marvel, but he’s got nothing but respect for the X Cinematic Universe. Source: Movie fan Martin Scorsese loves Ti West’s Pearl
  • Cinematherapy: The Healing Power of Movies and TV 28th September 2022
    A picture may very well be worth a thousand words. A motion picture? Maybe even more than that. Source: Cinematherapy: The Healing Power of Movies and TV
  • Red Sea Film Festival aims to support Saudi youth, cinema 28th September 2022
    Festival seeks to screen largest possible number of films that suit Saudi audience’s artistic taste. Source: Red Sea Film Festival aims to support Saudi youth, cinema: Mohammed Al-Turki – Daily News Egypt
  • $1.43M renovation bringing major upgrades, new owners to Defiance movie theater 28th September 2022
    A major overhaul and upgrade is underway at the Cinema 9, including replacing the screens, redeveloping the sound system, and installing heated, reclining seats. It’s all courtesy of the new owners Phoenix Theatres. Source: $1.43M renovation bringing major upgrades, new owners to Defiance movie theater
  • Avatar Rerelease Teaser: James Cameron on Going to Theaters 28th September 2022
    “Ever since I was a kid going to the movies, there was nothing like the cinema experience,” director James Cameron begins in a new teaser posted on Twitter for the Avatar rerelease. “When we made Avatar, we set out to push the limits of that experience.” Although the record-setting director doesn’t say it explicitly, here’s […]
  • New Images executive director says he’ll bring timely, community-oriented film to Williamstown’s premiere independent cinema 28th September 2022
    Starting in October, one of Berkshire County’s independent movie theaters will have a new leader. Source: New Images executive director says he’ll bring timely, community-oriented film to Williamstown’s premiere independent cinema | WAMC
  • St. Helena’s Cameo Cinema receives seventh Science on Screen grant 28th September 2022
    For the seventh consecutive year, St. Helena’s Cameo Cinema has been awarded a Science on Screen grant.Funded by the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, it is awarded through the theater’s nonprofit partner, the Cameo Cinema Foundation. The Cameo Cinema is one of 37 cinemas, science museums, and arts organizations nationwide named […]
  • American Cinema Editors Present: Paul Machliss, ACE in conversation with Carolyn Giardina 28th September 2022
    Transforming the editorial process with creative technological innovation. Paul Machliss, ACE is one of the most creative and technically inventive editors working today. Source: American Cinema Editors Present: Paul Machliss, ACE in conversation with Carolyn Giardina | Video | IBC
  • Regina’s Rainbow Cinemas set to close this weekend 28th September 2022
    As the curtain gets set to close for Regina’s Rainbow Cinemas Golden Mile on Sunday, nostalgia seemed to be the theme.Bringing back 1998 pricing of $1.50 matinees and $2.50 evening shows, the cinema is also showing a Canadian production that has ties in Saskatchewan. Back to its grassroots, “Brotherhood,” which premiered at the Rainbow just […]
  • Cinema Hearts: An ex-pageant queen turned indie rocker 28th September 2022
    When she started performing as Cinema Hearts, Caroline Weinroth set out to unite two icons of Americana that seemed impossibly far apart: Miss America and the electric guitar. Source: Cinema Hearts: An ex-pageant queen turned indie rocker – The Washington Post
  • Luxury Dine-In Cinema and Experiential Entertainment Venue Coming to Nashville Yards 28th September 2022
    Southwest Value Partners and AEG, joint venture partners and co-developers of the Nashville Yards’ creative office, music venue and entertainment offerings, have announced an agreement with EVO Entertainment Group®, the nation’s leading and largest operator of cinema-entertainment centers, to open a more than 48,000 square-foot experiential cinema and entertainment destination at Nashville Yards. Source: Luxury […]
  • Celebrate the richness of French-language cinema 28th September 2022
    The nonprofit organization Alliance Française du Maine (AFDM) is sponsoring the first annual Festival Champlain — a free French language film festival open to all – on Sept. 23 and 24 in Portland. Source: Celebrate the richness of French-language cinema Sept. 23-24 – Portland Press Herald

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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.