The National Association of Theatre Owners issued a statement warning against reopening movie theaters too soon as the coronavirus remains a threat.
In order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, governments across the world ordered non-essential businesses to close their doors, and movie theaters were among the venues affected by the shutdown. Now, Georgia governor Brian Kemp has announced that certain businesses in the state will be allowed to reopen, including movie theaters, provided they follow social distancing and sanitation regulations.
The National Association of Theatre Owners has released a statement warning against opening too soon. In the statement, NATO reminds moviegoers that wide released are still unlikely to be available during the coronavirus pandemic and not all movie theaters will be able to feasibly reopen even if given the authority to do so:
“While some states and localities are beginning to authorize the opening of movie theaters under certain conditions, the movie theater industry is also a national one. Until the majority of markets in the U.S. are open, and major markets in particular, new wide release movies are unlikely to be available. As a result, some theaters in some areas that are authorized to open may be able economically to reopen with repertory product; however, many theaters will not be able to feasibly open.”
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The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on the entertainment industry across the world. China already reversed a decision to gradually re-open theaters due to what insiders say could be concern about the second wave of coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, Hollywood continues to delay summer 2020 projects amid the pandemic, with Sony recently opting to push back the Venom sequel to next summer while Warner Bros. decided to move The Batman from June 2021 to October of the same year.
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