Cinemas on the brink of extinction, warns Wonder Woman director

A top Hollywood director has warned the coronavirus is pushing cinemas to the brink of extinction.

Patty Jenkins, whose films include Wonder Woman and Monster, said movie theatres could be lost for goods. 

Her comments come just days after Cineworld, the world’s second-biggest cinema chain, said it was shutting all screens again due to a lack of demand.

Hollywood director Patty Jenkins (left), whose films include Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot (right), said movie theatres could be lost for goods

Hollywood director Patty Jenkins (left), whose films include Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot (right), said movie theatres could be lost for goods

Hollywood director Patty Jenkins (left), whose films include Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot (right), said movie theatres could be lost for goods

Jenkins, 49, said: ‘This will not be a reversible process. We could lose movie theatre-going forever.’

She added that without government support, ‘the only option is to take your kids to watch a movie in your own living room’.

Her latest film, Wonder Woman 1984 starring Gal Gadot, with the director, is scheduled for release on Christmas Day, after opening was delayed for six months.

Cinemas have been hammered by low audience numbers and decisions by studios to delay big releases.

The latest James Bond film is now out in April 2021 – another blow. No Time To Die had already been put back from release in April 2020.

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