AMC will now close all of its U.S. locations for six to 12 weeks, joining a number of businesses and venues to shut their doors amid the coronavirus outbreak.
What’s going on:
- AMC announced Monday night that it would shut all 630 locations across the U.S., which will leave 11,000 screens dark, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
- AMC’s decision to close from six to 12 weeks means the theaters will be closed down through April and possibly to May, which could disrupt the summertime release schedule.
- AMC CEO Adam Aron in a statement: “We are ever so disappointed for our moviegoing guests and for our employee teams that the new CDC guidelines that Americans should not gather in groups larger than 10 people make it impossible to open our theaters. Still, the health and well-being of AMC guests and employees, and of all Americans, takes precedence above all else.”
- AMC will cease airing movies beginning on March 17.
Regal Cinemas also closed its doors
- Regal Cinemas announced Monday it would close all of its theaters, too. The cinema chain was the first to suggest a total closure of its screens, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.
- Regal Cinemas said it would close its doors “until further notice” without any indication of when it will open up again.
Why the closures?
- Movie theaters are following the guidelines of federal, state and local governments, which have all advised closure to theaters, bars and restaurants to stop the community spread of the coronavirus.