Odeon is to cut the opening hours in several of its UK and Ireland cinemas response to delays in new film releases.

The 120-strong group has contacted some of its subscription customers announcing it will limit a quarter of its cinemas to weekend-only hours from Friday 9 October.

“We look forward to reopening full time when the big blockbusters return. But, in the meantime, we promise to bring you a great choice of big-screen films to enjoy at the weekends,” it said.

The news comes as Cineworld said it plans to temporarily close its UK and US venues because of an “increasingly challenging theatrical landscape,” impacting approximately 45,000 employees.

Odeon, which employs 5,500 people, hasn’t revealed how the move could impact jobs.