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Yelmo temporarily closes Plaza Mayor and Rincón de la Victoria cinemas

Entrance to the Vialia cinema, the only complex that Yelmo will keep open in Malaga due to the pandemic.
Entrance to the Vialia cinema, the only complex that Yelmo will keep open in Malaga due to the pandemic. / FRANCIS SILVA
  • The measure could be followed by the closure of other cinemas if the Junta announces a further tightening of coronavirus measures

A cinema chain, popular with expats for screening films in their original-language versions, has announced the temporary closure of two of their complexes.

The Junta de Andalucía’s pandemic restrictions that force businesses to close at 8pm means that it is not viable for them to remain open for one session during the week and two at the weekend.

Particularly striking is the temporary closure of the 20-screen Plaza Mayor complex, regarded as one of the showpieces of the Yelmo group and among one of the most profitable in Spain.

The company said the closures will continue “during the month of January with the aim of protecting the stability of the company".

The group’s Vialia cinema in Malaga will remain open from Wednesday to Sunday.

Meanwhile the Cinesa chain, which operates the Marbella’s La Cañada shopping centre has announced it will also close on Mondays and Tuesdays during January.

It is feared that if the Junta announces new restrictions to business hours it could lead to a general closure of sector, as happened twice last year.