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Source: Pxfuel

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The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), which represents European cinema trade associations and operators, has called for national governments to support its members during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

“We call on national governments to do all they can in the weeks and months to come to ensure that European cinemas are able to survive and overcome the unprecedented challenges that they face,” said the organization in a statement issued from its Brussels base today (March 24).

“The entire film and cinema sector is in this together – we will only succeed through supporting each other,” it continued. “Our shared ambition is for European cinemas to emerge from the current challenges to once again be the vibrant home of culture and community that they always have been.”

“We look forward to the day when our members can welcome audiences back so once again they can enjoy the unparalleled cultural and social experience of watching a film together on the Big Screen.”

The coronavirus outbreak has led to the closure of the vast majority of cinemas across Europe.

All of Italy’s 1,200 cinemas closed on March 11, with France following suit on March 14. The UK closed its venues on March 20, and is in full lockdown as of Monday (23).

UNIC represents cinema trade associations and operators across 38 countries in Europe and neighbouring regions.