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Regal Cinemas announces its reopening date amid the coronavirus pandemic

Regal Cinemas will reopen on Aug. 21

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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. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

Ted Shaffrey, Associated Press

Regal Cinemas will reopen at the end of August, its parent company announced Tuesday.

Cineworld — which owns Regal Cinemas — announced Tuesday that all of its movie theaters will open their doors on Aug. 21.

The decision comes as studios have picked new release dates for their films. “Tenet” plans to open on Thursday, Sept. 3, with other major films like “Unhinged,” “Greenland” and “Broken Hearts Gallery” on the way.

“Welcoming theatergoers back to our cinemas will be a celebration for not only our team and our industry, but most importantly for the fans who have been anxiously awaiting the year’s upcoming releases,” said Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld. “With the health and safety of our staff, customers and communities as our top priority, we are happy to invite audiences to return to the timeless theatrical experience that we have all dearly missed.”

Regal previously announced some health and safety guidelines for reopening. The theater chain will add new sanitization procedures, social distancing rules and a mandatory face mask policy.

Back in June, Regal Cinemas planned to reopen its theaters without a face mask requirements. But the theater changed its policy after AMC Theatres received backlash for not requiring masks, as I wrote about for Deseret.com.

A Regal spokesperson told Deadline at the time: “Our ultimate goal is to create a safe environment for our guests and employees. This is a change to our previous policy on masks based on feedback received from our customers.”