AMC Theatres announced it will not reopen its cinemas until there is a new product from Hollywood studios to screen.
With movie theaters and multiple other venues having been closed for over a month now, certain states are giving the green light for businesses to begin opening their doors as early as next week. Of course, some question if AMC Theatres and other cinemas can feasibly reopen considering the strict social distancing regulations required to keep the public safe from the coronavirus and the lack of new content due to studios delaying the release of several tentpole features.
Now, AMC Theatres has announced it will not re-open its 6,300-plus locations across the U.S. until there are new Hollywood products available. As of now, Warner Bros.’ Tenet is the first major new film scheduled to be released with Disney’s Mulan set to follow shortly after and AMC Theatres made the following statement on its plans to showcase new titles while ensuring the safety of moviegoers:
“As we plan our reopening, the health and safety of our guests and associates is our absolute highest priority. To be able to open, we also need a line of sight into a regular schedule of new theatrical blockbusters that get people truly excited about returning to their favorite movie theaters. Those blockbusters are scheduled to return this summer, beginning with Warner Brothers’ Tenet and Disney’s Mulan, with many more major titles scheduled immediately thereafter. While we expect to open our theaters in the weeks ahead of these new blockbusters, utilizing creative programming of immensely popular previously released films, we would be wise to do so only directly in advance of the release of major new movie titles. AMC is currently working through every detail required to successfully showcase these exciting new releases in an environment that’s safe and welcoming for moviegoers, and we will share those details as we get closer to the dates when our theaters will reopen.”
Cinemark Theaters CEO Mark Zoradi has also indicated that his theater chain won’t reopen until summer.
AMC Theatres’ announcement comes just a couple of days after the National Association of Theatre Owners issued a statement warning moviegoers that theaters won’t be opening up right away even if state government lift the shelter-in-place orders.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on AMC’s plans to reopen as it develops.