One of the most famous cinemas in France, which closed its doors in August because so few people want to take the risk of watching films on the big screen.
Managers of the huge Grand Rex in central Paris, which remained open during World War II, said Hollywood studios were also responsible for holding back the release of so many of its summer blockbusters on Monday.
The Federation of French Cinemas said on Monday that the double strike crippled industry when it asked for state aid to help them through the crisis.
"Between the drop in approvals (due to the corona virus) and the lack of fresh American films, which are traditionally a major summer attraction, we decided to close our doors from August 3rd," said Grand Rex manager Alexandre Hellmann , towards AFP.
"We will lose less money if we close than if we stay open at this depressing box office," he added.
With 2,700 seats, the Grand Rex's largest theater with seven screens is one of the largest in Europe with a 300 square meter screen.
Many French cinemas have been practically empty since they were allowed to reopen last month after being blocked for eight weeks.
The cinema association appealed to banks and landlords to give their members leeway and said it was "absolutely necessary that the government take urgent measures to refinance the sector".
Social distance rules mean that cinemas may only ever be half full.
And the majority of the audience stayed away, though a survey found that almost a third of the country's population was interested in stepping back on the screen.
Several movie managers told AFP that the postponement of "Top Gun 2", "Wonder Woman 1984" and Christopher Nolan's spy drama "Tenet" and the Disney family film "Mulan" had helped on a large budget to destroy the enthusiasm that they were I'm counting on pulling people back.
"It's much more difficult than we imagined," said Aurelie Delage, manager of the Cinemascop Megarama with six screens at Garat in western France.
In fact, it's so bleak that "I don't look at the numbers," she told AFP. "It cannot last."
But the lack of competition from Hollywood has helped some small French films to make an impact at the box office. The comedies "Divorce Club" and "Tout simplement noir" ("Very Simple Black") helped increase approval through the one million barrier last week for the first time since the closure.
Some major French publications have also been rolled back to September and beyond.
A study last week found that the French box office dropped almost 70 percent compared to the same period last year, with only art house cinemas contradicting the trend.
Nevertheless, the traditionally French cinephiles were still far more enthusiastic about returning to the cinemas than their neighbors.
According to the Comscore study, German cinema admissions have dropped to just 17 percent of the normal level, and the situation in Spain is even more catastrophic at only 13 percent.
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