THE closure of Cineworld in Runcorn will be a ‘huge blow’ for employees, families, and businesses, says Runcorn MP Mike Amesbury.

The cinema chain based on Trident Park announced today, Tuesday, that it will be closing its doors for the final time on November 26.

It was described as a ‘difficult decision’, but one that was made following a ‘review of all available options’.

Residents have expressed their sadness at the news – with some left ‘absolutely gutted’.

Mr Amesbury, who helped to save the venue in the past, has shared his disappointment with the closure.

He said: “I’m disappointed to discover Cineworld Runcorn is closing its doors for good next month.

“Losing this cinema will be a huge blow not only for those employed there, but for local families who enjoy going there and other businesses that benefit from the footfall it drives.”

He has asked other cinema operators to consider ‘taking on the unit’ and says he would be ‘more than happy to assist’ in making it happen.

Runcorn resident and Cineworld customer Ian McIntyre said: “It’s another disappointing blow for the people of Runcorn.”

Ian, who is secretary of Halton Trades Council, added: “My wife and I are fans of renowned composer André Rieu who livestreams his concerts and we have been to Cineworld Runcorn to enjoy his music in the past.

“I recently took my 16-year-old granddaughter there to see a Taylor Swift concert movie. She absolutely loved it and was dancing in the aisles."

A spokesperson for Cineworld said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our movie-loving customers who have chosen to visit Cineworld Runcorn over the years.

“We hope to see you at one of our nearby cinemas soon, including Speke, Warrington, Broughton or St Helens.”