The City Cinema, which has been in operation since 2002, will close its doors on November 3 due to the increased risk of fire, according to a statement issued on Friday.
Key points:The City Cinema was set to reopen in DecemberThe chain’s chief executive, John Travolta, said it was “too soon to speculate” about the future of the chain’s cinema businessIt said it would “continue to evaluate and make any necessary changes” in the short-term in order to ensure the safety of its customers and staffThe company has said it is not closing the remaining venues due to any fire risk.
The City Cinemas cinema in Sydney has been closed since November, after being the first venue in the city to be shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The City cinema is the only venue in Sydney to have been shut down, due to increased risk in our premises due to our exposure to the coronave virus, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to ensure our guests are safe and healthy,” City Cinemass, which operates the Brisbane City Cinemasy, announced on Friday night.
“This closure will be in effect for approximately two months, and our team will continue to evaluate the future.”
Cinema director Peter Gough said the closure was not a decision taken lightly.
“We’re very fortunate that our staff are in excellent health and doing excellent work, and it’s a very tough decision, but one that’s the right one for the future,” he said.
“I’m not going to get into the details of how we’ll be able to continue to operate at the same premises, but we will be doing everything possible to ensure that our guests and employees are safe.”
Mr Gough told News.au that it was too soon to make any further comment on the closure.
The chain has not yet responded to News.uk’s request for comment.
The closure comes as the City Cinemasseurs, which opened in Brisbane in May, is under fire for its lack of staff and staff shortages.
The NSW Civil Defence and Fire Services has been told by the City Cinema that it would not be able “to maintain a full staff presence” at the Brisbane location.
The company said it had a “significant backlog” of jobs that needed to be filled and was seeking new locations for its staff.
It also said it needed to consider closing its Brisbane office.
The announcement came after the NSW Premier, Mike Baird, ordered the closure of two cinemas in Sydney due to a “concrete threat” to public safety.
The closures come after a number of Australian cinemas were forced to close in the wake of the coronas coronaviruses.
The city has closed some of its cinemas due to safety concerns and has also warned patrons to be vigilant around fires and smoke.
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