CINEWORLD is closing its doors in The Beacon on Wednesday evening.

This is a huge blow to the town and our new shopping centre, which has been plagued with problems since opening.

Cineworld boss Mooky Greidinger said the closure of its 663 cinemas was “not a decision we made lightly”.

“We did everything in our power to support safe and sustainable reopenings in all of our markets,” he said.

The move will affect around 5,500 UK jobs and comes after a James Bond film was delayed until 2021.

The closures will take effect from Thursday 8 October and Cineworld did not give a date for reopening its cinemas.

Mr Greidinger said the company “cannot underscore enough how difficult this decision was” to close the sites.

“Cineworld will continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate any future plans to resume operations in these markets at the appropriate time, when key markets have more concrete guidance on their reopening status and, in turn, studios are able to bring their pipeline of major releases back to the big screen,” he said.