Cinemas now accepting digital ID cards

The UK Cinema Association - which includes Cineworld, Odeon, Showcase Cinemas, and Vue - are partnering with digital ID firm Yoti.

The free app will be accepted as proof of age, providing a safe and convenient way to show ID.

It is hoped the move will tackle abuse against cinema staff too.

Yoti harnesses the same technology you see at the airport, where you scan your passport and capture an image of your face.

All of Disney's 2021 movies to debut exclusively in cinemas

The decision is a boost to struggling entertainment venues, with major films during the pandemic debuting online at the same time as in theatres.

Marvel's Eternals is among the films that will get a theatrical debut.

It comes after Disney's successful theatrical release this month of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Ten Rings - which tells the story of a former assassin forced to confront his power-hungry, warlord father - took in $127.6m (£92m) globally in its first weekend in cinemas.

Movie-going could 'become extinct' warns director

Her new superhero movie has been delayed three times during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jenkins is among dozens of top Hollywood directors appealing to the US government to provide a financial lifeline to cinemas.

Her warning comes as cinemas in the UK are also struggling with a recent spate of delayed film releases.

"If we shut this down, this will not be a reversible process," she said in an interview with Reuters news agency. "We could lose movie theatre-going forever."