However, a standard 2K version of the 1980 film will still be screened after reopening the theatres.
Disney is rolling back plans to release a 4K edition of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in the UK theatres. The film is the second title in the original trilogy and directed by Irvin Kershner.
The decision comes just weeks after it was revealed a 4K edition of the film would form part of UK cinemas’ reopening slate.
While The Empire Strikes Back will still be screened in the cinemas, it will be a standard 2K version of the 1980 film, according to Variety.
The plan was rolled back after talks broke down with exhibitors in the last few weeks, reports suggest. European cinema giant Vue was initially on board to show the 4K film across its UK theatres but said earlier this week that plans had changed, and the film would only be screened in 2K.
The 4K edition of the 1980 film has only been made available so far on Disney Plus and via Blu-ray, where it was released in late March alongside 4K versions of the seven other Skywalker Saga films including Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Rise of Skywalker as well as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.