AMC Theatres to Close for Six to 12 Weeks
AMC Theatres introduced on Monday that it’s going to shut all theaters nationwide for six to 12 weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The choice got here as governors of a dozen states introduced closures of film theaters on Sunday and Monday, and because the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention issued strict pointers limiting public gatherings.
AMC, the nation’s largest theater circuit, had sought to stay open by limiting theaters to 50% capability. However on Monday, the CDC lower the advisable restrict on gatherings to simply 10 individuals.
“We’re ever so dissatisfied for our moviegoing company and for our worker groups that the brand new CDC pointers that Individuals mustn’t collect in teams bigger than 10 individuals make it inconceivable to open our theatres,” CEO Adam Aron stated in an announcement. “Nonetheless, the well being and wellbeing of AMC company and staff, and of all Individuals, takes priority above all else. We’ll proceed to observe this example very carefully and stay up for the day we will once more delight moviegoers nationwide by reopening AMC film theatres in accordance with steerage from the CDC and native well being authorities.”
AMC stated the closure would go into impact on Tuesday. The corporate stated it might stay “stay versatile on reopening, in accordance with CDC suggestions and governmental directives.”
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AMC operates 634 places within the U.S. and Canada.
The chain stated it might pause A-Record subscriptions, with no billing or funds at some stage in the closure.
Regal Cinemas, the second largest theater chain, introduced earlier on Monday that it, too, could be closing “till additional discover.”
Cineplex, the most important circuit in Canada and fourth-largest in North America, introduced that it might be closing its 165 places on Monday, and they’d stay closed by April 2.
Alamo Drafthouse and Landmark Theatres additionally closed on Monday.
A dozen states — New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Colorado, Louisiana, Washington, and Massachusetts — introduced they’d shut theaters within the final 24 hours. Los Angeles County and Washington, D.C., additionally closed theaters. Lots of the identical states additionally closed eating places for dine-in service, however allowed take-out and supply to proceed.