29 June, 2020
AMC Theatres is pausing on its reopening plans due to the surge in COVID-19 cases – an expected move after July tentpoles Mulan and Tenet pushed their release dates to August.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, AMC had planned to open the majority of its locations, or 450 theaters, on July 15, followed by the remaining 150 locations by on July 24. Now, AMC will open its first 450 cinemas on July 30, followed by the rest in early August. Other theater chains Cinemark Theatres and Regal Cinemas should follow suit.
“We continue to devote extraordinary resources into our plan to operate our theater with a hyper commitment to the safety and health of our guests and associates, notably in the United States through our new AMC Safe & Clean initiative. Our theater general managers across the U.S. started working full time again today and are back in their theaters gearing up to get their buildings fully ready just a few weeks from now for moviegoers. That happy day, when we can welcome guests back into most of our U.S. theaters, will be Thursday, July 30," AMC CEO Adam Aron said in a statement.