Cineworld attempted to beat leftover Pick N Mix stock to employees before they learned of the chain's plan to moot its 127 UK theaters, one employee claimed.
According to the Cineworld employee, an offer was made to buy the surplus candy that the cinema chain feared they wouldn't sell until Thursday – when the cinemas close.
The company, the UK's largest cinema chain and the second largest in the world, announced plans to temporarily close all cinemas in the UK and Ireland.
The move, which came just days after the movie bosses released the new James Bond film No Time To Die, is reportedly putting around 5,500 jobs at risk.
The group will also temporarily close all 536 bookshelf theaters in the United States, putting another 45,000 jobs in America at risk.
A Cineworld employee who worked at Renfield Street cinema in Glasgow alleged that workers learned of job losses on the news.
Cineworld attempted to beat leftover Pick N Mix stock to employees before they learned of the chain's plan to moot its 127 UK theaters, one employee claimed
According to the Cineworld employee, an offer was made to buy the surplus candy (library picture) that the cinema chain feared they would not sell until Thursday – when the cinemas close
The woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “The signs were there and they even tried to sell their Pick n Mix shares to us.
“They wanted to sell it to us by October 8th, which now makes a lot of sense.
"The atmosphere is pretty tough and you could relieve the tension with a knife."
The employee's staff had received a round-robin email on Monday apologizing for the leak – after some expressed anger on social media claiming they had learned of the shutdown plans online before the bosses had informed them.
“We received a pretty bad email on Monday just apologizing for the leak and that is how we found out.
“We have been told that there is a chance our hours will be cut short and a lot of it depends on the Bond film.
“It's clear they must have known it happened, and they didn't tell us first.
"One of the problems is the end of the vacation program, and they even mentioned it in their email to us."
Cineworld confirmed the move in a statement Monday after reports in the Sunday Times of the proposed plans.
In the statement, the company accused the studios of not being ready to release "their pipeline of new films".
It was announced on Friday that the release of the new James Bond film No Time to Die will be postponed until April 2021.
The latest film in the James Bond series "No Time To Die", which was due to hit theaters on November 11th, has now been postponed to April 2021
The announcement came just a few weeks before it was published.
The highly anticipated film has already been postponed from its original April release date due to the coronavirus.
According to reports, the bosses were shocked by the performance of Christopher Nolan's Tenet at the box office.
Odeon will close a quarter of its 120 venues during the week as Cineworld confirms plans to close locations in the UK and US
The UK's largest cinema chains today announced the closure of more than 150 locations, highlighting the number of coronavirus pandemics.
On a devastating day for the industry, Cineworld confirmed plans to temporarily close all 127 locations across the UK, affecting up to 5,500 employees.
Around 45,000 employees will be affected if the cinema giant mothballed all 600 theaters on both sides of the Atlantic.
The sweeping closings come after the latest James Bond film – No Time to Die – again delayed its release due to the lockdown.
Just a few hours later, Odeon announced that around a quarter of the 120 venues will be converted to a weekend model from Friday.
Meanwhile, the Vue boss said it was "forced to look at all options" in order to survive, including temporary closings. The addition of chains was given a "body punch" by the delay in Bond's recent outing.
The head of Cineworld said the company was "like a grocery store with no groceries" after film studios delayed several major releases.
The chain will close 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse locations in the UK this Thursday. That put stocks down as much as 57% when the London markets opened.
Boris Johnson acknowledged that there would be "tough times" in the job market after the announcement, but encouraged people to go to the movies.
Last week, the release of the highly anticipated sequel to Fast and Furious F9 was also delayed again, while Disney announced last month that its live-action version of Mulan was instead debuting on its streaming service Disney Plus instead of a theatrical release.
A Cineworld spokesperson said, “Cineworld has confirmed that all 536 bookshelf theaters in the US and 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theaters in the UK will be temporarily suspended from Thursday October 8th.
& # 39; With major U.S. markets, mostly New York, remaining closed and reopening guidelines not in place, studios were hesitant to release their pipeline of new films.
& # 39; Without these new releases, Cineworld cannot provide customers in the US and the UK – the company's primary markets – the breadth of high-powered commercials they need to return to theaters amid COVID-19. & # 39;
MailOnline has asked representatives from Cineworld to comment on the claims of Pick n Mix.
The claims come after Cineworld employees scrutinized the company this week. Employees first learned online of the company's plans to close all 128 cinemas in the UK and Ireland.
A member visited the social media site Twitter to describe the situation as "appalling".
A Twitter user said: “This goes to all of Cineworld's colleagues across the country and wishes you the best this early hours with the news of the closings.
I've been at Cineworld for 12 years to find out I don't have a job on Twitter. Once again; is damn horrific. & # 39;
Another, whose husband works for Cineworld, said, "I just check Twitter before bed … oh, it looks like we just found out on Twitter that my husband's workplace is closed. Thank you for telling your Cineworld staff about it and for finding out on Twitter as usual.
"I think we'll wait to hear from you at some point in the future."
A group on Twitter called the Cineworld Action Group also visited the social media site to comment on the reports.
The group, which was formed in March and describes itself as an action group formed and run by Cineworld employees across the UK, tweeted last night: “Tomorrow's Times front page announced that Cineworld plans to close all cinemas across the board Land as soon as this week all of our jobs are at risk immediately.
"There was no consultation with the staff."
In a follow-up tweet, the group with around 1,200 followers said: “We received important information about our jobs in the media throughout the pandemic.
“The workers were excluded from discussions that should have included our votes.
In this case, however, it goes unbelievably. It is horrible to find out that you may no longer have a job in the media. & # 39;
Meanwhile, a Cineworld employee who refused to be named said he felt "cheated".
The clerk said, "Neither of us has said anything yet, so I and my work colleagues are in a panic wondering what will happen to our jobs, especially just before Christmas."
In addition to the closure plans, the heads of the Cineworld Group PLC are reportedly preparing to write to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden that the industry has become “unprofitable”.
Cineworld lost months of trading in the UK during the full Covid lockdown – which meant cinemas had to close from late March to July.
Theaters were allowed to reopen from July 4th as part of a relaxation of restrictions, and Cineworld reopened its theaters from July 10th.
In addition to the closure plans, the heads of the Cineworld Group PLC are reportedly preparing to write to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden that the industry has become "unprofitable".
Fast & Furious sequel F9 is postponed again to May 2021
The Fast And The Furious series won't see the checkered flag anytime soon.
The release of the highly anticipated sequel F9 has been delayed again as it is now due to be released on May 28, 2021 on Memorial Day weekend that Universal announced on Friday.
Back in March it was reported that the film was postponed to April 3, 2021, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
However, the final change was made hours after the November-April 2, 2021 delay in the November-April 2, 2021 release of the James Bond movie No Time to Die.
Universal distributes the film internationally.
The films Fast and Furious are always big earners at the national and international box office, and the lack of F9 will have a significant impact on the 2020 box office. The last two films made over $ 1 billion.
The full trailer had been revealed just a month earlier.
The clip showed Vin Diesel's character Dominic Toretto again facing his brother Jakob, played by John Cena, with epic car chases and fights across London – and appearances by Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.
After the Depsite reopened, Cineworld posted a loss of £ 1.3 billion in the first half of the year due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Problems were exacerbated by the lack of blockbuster film releases that year. The studios were also concerned about the impact of Covid-19 on viewership.
Union Bectu, which represents the cinema sector, urged filmmakers to “think carefully” about the impact that delayed releases could have on the industry.
A spokesman said: "The delay in the release of the Bond film, along with the other late releases, has plunged cinema into crisis."
Philippa Childs, director of Bectu, an arts union, later added, “The confirmation that Cineworld is mothballing all of its cinemas will be devastating to everyone who works there.
& # 39; The cinemas are currently able to operate safely. This decision is solely the result of the distributors' decision to delay the release of blockbusters in the hopes of making extra money later.
"It's extremely myopic."
Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld, said, “This is not a decision we made lightly and we have done everything in our power to support a safe and sustainable reopening in all of our markets – including compliance and frequent overshoot the local health and safety guidelines in our theater markets and working constructively with regulators and industry associations to restore public confidence in our industry.
“We are especially grateful and proud of the hard work our staff has done to adapt our theaters to the new protocols and we cannot emphasize enough how difficult this decision was.
"Cineworld will continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate future plans to resume operations in these markets in due course."
Cineworld is expected to reopen next year in line with the big blockbuster releases. Many company employees are reportedly being offered layoffs with possible incentives to rejoin when theaters reopen.
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