China’s 70,000 movie theaters — the most of any country in the world — are closing their curtains.
The country’s leading cinema chains — including Wanda, CGV, Bona, Lumiere Pavilions, Jinyi, Dadi and others — publicly announced that they would be temporarily shutting down in response to the coronavirus epidemic that has infected hundreds and gripped the nation.
On Thursday, China’s leading films studios canceled their plans to release their biggest movies of the year during the kickoff to the Lunar New Year holiday on Friday and Saturday.
With no new product to offer and public health on the minds of millions, theaters had little choice but to shut up shop. A smattering of screens were still open as of midday Friday, local time, but they were expected to close soon.