Wolverhampton North East MP Jane Stevenson is requesting an urgent meeting with Cineworld bosses, after the news that its cinema in Wolverhampton will be among the 127 to close across the UK from this Thursday (8th October).
It is understood that the closure will be temporary and the chain will reopen its screens next year, but Jane is requesting the meeting so that she can understand what this means for employees at the Bentley Bridge site.
The closure would leave Wolverhampton without a single major cinema operator in the city.
The Bentley Bridge Cineworld recently underwent a huge refurbishment, with the installation of a new “superscreen”. The foyer was also refreshed, and other rooms were given new screens and seats.
Jane is now seeking to ensure that local jobs at the Bentley Bridge site are protected, and that employees can return to work there as soon as possible.
She said: “The news that the Cineworld at Bentley Bridge is closing will be a devastating blow to the whole city. This will leave Wolverhampton without a single major cinema operator.
“Although I understand the closure will be temporary, I am seeking an urgent meeting with bosses at Cineworld to understand exactly what this means for my constituents who are employed there.
“The cinema is a fantastic asset for the area, and is widely used by people from across the city, so I hope that it can reopen again as soon as possible. Protecting local jobs during the coronavirus pandemic is one of my top priorities, so I look forward to discussing this with Cineworld.”