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Cineworld, which owns Regal theaters, expects to reopen in July

Signs point toward July for the reopening of movie theaters

A Regal Cinemas movie theater is closed during the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in New York.
A Regal Cinemas movie theater is closed during the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in New York.
Ted Shaffrey, Associated Press

Cineworld — the exhibition giant that owns the Regal movie theater chain — expects to reopen its movie theaters in July ahead of new blockbuster releases.

What’s going on:

Cineworld expects to see government restrictions against entertainment venues and movie theaters to be lifted by July, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The company said it ”anticipates the reopening of all of its cinemas in July.”

Cineworld said it “has put in place procedures to ensure a safe and enjoyable cinema experience for its employees and customers.”

The company said it feels “excited by the great movie lineup to follow the reopening of cinemas, starting with the highly anticipated new Chris Nolan movie ‘Tenet’ and immediately after that with ‘Mulan.’”

Regal hinted at reopening soon on social media this week. The chain posted a “Back to the Future” poster with a modified text that read, “Back to the Movies.”

When did Regal close?

  • Regal Cinemas decided to close all 543 of its screens in the United States because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 16, as I wrote about for the Deseret News. Insiders told THR that the closure would be indefinite without no reopen date set.
  • Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger told The Hollywood Reporter: “Any time, at any Regal, it’s our goal to provide a safe and healthy environment for our employees and guests.”
  • He added: “At this time, we have made the difficult decision to close our theaters. We value our movie-loving customers and have no doubt we will be serving them again as soon as possible with a full slate of Hollywood blockbusters.”