AMC Entertainment, the largest cinema chain in the world, said today that most of its cinemas in the US and Europe would remain open, with several movie releases lined up for October and November. 

The move comes a day after rival Cineworld, the world's second-biggest cinema operator, said it would close all its screens in the US and Britain after studios delayed major releases such as the latest James Bond film. 

Warner Bros said last night that it was delaying the release of "Dune" and "The Batman" movies. 

Cinemas across the world closed in the middle of March when several countries imposed lockdowns and social distancing measures to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

While some re-opened, the delay in releases was an added setback for the entertainment industry. 

The reluctance of studios to go ahead with major releases led Cineworld to close all 536 Regal theaters in the US and its 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theaters in the UK from October 8. 

AMC said more than 80% of its cinemas in the US, and more than 90% of Odeon Cinemas Group cinemas across Europe and all AMC Cinemas in the Middle East would remain open. 

The announcement follows news reports that other movie circuits may temporarily close, AMC said. 

"Some of our best partners like Disney, with its much anticipated "Soul", and Universal with "The Croods: A New Age", have new movies scheduled for theatrical release over the next month and a half," AMC's chief executive Adam Aron said. 

Other upcoming releases include "The War With Grandpa" starring Robert De Niro and "Yellow Rose" this weekend and "Let Him Go", "Freaky" and "The Comeback Trail" are  lined up for November.