NATIONWIDE — AMC Theatres, the largest movie theater chain in the nation, has pushed back the July reopening of most of the company's U.S. theaters.
What You Need To Know
- AMC plans to reopen US movie theaters in July
- Company plans to be ready for release of Tenet, Mulan
- AMC incurred a $2.2 billion loss because of the closure
AMC had planned to reopen its theaters to coincide with the release dates for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and Disney’s Mulan. But with both of those movies' debuts pushed back — to August 12 and August 21, respectively — AMC has done the same.
The company Monday, June 29 said it would push back its reopening two weeks from July 15 to July 30.
AMC recently reported a first-quarter loss of $2.2 billion due to the closure of its theaters worldwide in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“These are truly unprecedented times,” AMC CEO Adam Aron said in a news release. “Our top priorities remain the safety and well-being of our guests and associates, combined with our taking sweeping actions to preserve the long term viability of AMC Entertainment,” he continued.
AMC plans to implement several safety measures as part of its reopening, including limited capacity, blocked seating and enhanced cleaning protocols.
Meanwhile, rival Cinemark revealed last week its plans to start reopening its theaters this month. By July 10, it expect to have all of its theaters reopened. Cinemark said in its plan that it will implement safety measures, including face masks for employees, plexiglass at concession stands, and staggered showtimes.