The curtain closes on Cinema City Victoria

A movie theater in Causeway Bay has become the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The operator of Cinema City Victoria, located in one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping districts, announced its permanent closure on Tuesday.

In a Facebook post, he said the decision to close the cinema was due to “the expiration of the lease and the recent pandemic situation”.

“Thank you for supporting CINEMA CITY VICTORIA over the past 4 years, and it has been a pleasure for us to serve you. We want your continued support of CINEMA CITY as our theaters reopen. Stay safe and healthy. health. Thank you,” the post read.

Cinemas in Hong Kong have been temporarily closed since January 7, 2022 as part of tightened coronavirus restrictions to tackle its worst wave of infections since the start of the pandemic.

Cinemas in the city were also forced to close for over 100 days in 2020 as part of COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Tuesday’s announcement is the latest in a series of cinema closures in Hong Kong.

Cinema chain UA Cinemas closed its six locations in March last year, while Broadway Circuit announced last Friday that its Hollywood Plaza branch in Diamond Hill would close in March this year. The two pressures cited caused the pandemic.

A Facebook user commented on the Cinema City post, saying he “watched many movies” at the theater and would miss the venue.

Other Facebook users called for support for Cinema City’s remaining theaters.

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