A movie theater in Causeway Bay has become the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The operator of Cinema City Victoria, located in one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping districts, announced it was closing permanently on Tuesday.
In a Facebook post, it said the decision to shutter the cinema was due to “the tenancy expiration and recent pandemic situation.”
“Thank you for supporting CINEMA CITY VICTORIA in the past 4 years, and it has been a pleasure for us to serve you. We wish to have your continuous support to CINEMA CITY when our cinemas reopen. Stay safe and healthy. Thank You,” the post read.
Movie theaters in Hong Kong have been temporarily closed since Jan. 7, 2022 as part of tightened coronavirus restrictions to tackle its worst wave of infections since the pandemic began.
The city’s cinemas were also forced to close for more than 100 days in 2020 as part of COVID-19 precautionary measures.
Tuesday’s announcement is the latest in a string of cinema closures in Hong Kong.
Movie theater chain UA Cinemas closed its six locations in March last year, while Broadway Circuit said last Friday that its Plaza Hollywood branch in Diamond Hill will close in March this year. Both cited pressures brought about the pandemic.
One Facebook user commented on Cinema City’s post, saying he “watched many films” at the cinema and that he would miss the venue.
Other Facebook users called for support for Cinema City’s remaining venues.