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Following the release of Cineworld’s interim results update showing it has seen revenue fall from $2.15bn in H1 2019 to just $712m in H1 2020 and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) fall a staggering 93% from $757m to $53m, it is clear that COVID-19 has adversely affected the cinema industry.

Cineworld Interim Report Figures affected by COVID lockdown
Cineworld Interim Report Figures affected by COVID lockdown


Danyaal Rashid, Thematic Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offered his prjection son the subject:“The spread of COVID in cinemas is expected to be typically lower than other economic-stimulating leisure venues such as bars and restaurants, where the enforcement of distancing measures has been eased.

“Despite this, governments are likely to continue to prioritize keeping economically stimulating businesses open. We have already seen how governments are prioritizing to keep cash-generating businesses open and the arts may, yet again, be sidelined. In the event of a second wave, this is likely to lead to cinemas shutting before bars and restaurants, should it come to this, as these provide less economic benefit due to smaller visitor numbers.

Cineworld Interim figures
Cineworld Interim figures look gloomy 

“If cinemas are closed again, this will be devastating – as demonstrated by the hit that chains such as Cineworld have taken in the initial lockdown phase. This is made even worse in the context of digital threats, with blockbuster movies such as Disney’s Mulan only being offered digitally and not in cinemas.

“COVID-19 has spurred on the digital-first model, and if it works and becomes popular, it could spell the death of cinemas. From this perspective, it depends on whether consumers are happy to pay for a blockbuster movie to watch at home and are okay with missing out on the more experiential and immersive adventure of going and watching a new movie in a cinema.”