A major cinema chain is reportedly set to close all of its screens across the UK after the industry was made "unviable" due the pandemic. 

Cineworld could close all 128 of its theatres in the UK and Ireland, placing 5500 jobs at risk, The Sunday Times reports. 

The cinema group has four complexes in Glasgow, including Renfrew Street Cineworld which features 18 screens. 

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The chain is writing to Boris Johnson and the culture secretary Oliver Dowden to state the industry has been severely affected by the postponement of big-budget films due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.

 Among postponed films is the latest James Bond film No Time To Die, which was postponed for the second time until April 2021. 

A statement said: “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of NO TIME TO DIE, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April 2021 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience.

“We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing NO TIME TO DIE next year.”

Other films such as Disney's Mulan have instead been released directly to streaming services.

Cineworld raised doubts about its viability after reporting a  £1.3 billion loss for the first half of the year due to covid-19.