AMC Theaters Won’t Open Until Hollywood Gives them New Titles

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AMC Theaters Won’t Open Until Hollywood Gives them New Titles

By Allyson Vannatta, Senior Writer

Though some governors are giving theaters the OK to open their doors soon, AMC says they won’t re-open yet.

The theater chain has over 6,000 locations across the U.S. and has no plans to open them to the public until Hollywood provides content for the big screen.

In a statement on Friday, AMC said,

“As we plan our reopening, the health and safety of our guests and associates is our absolute highest priority. To be able to open, we also need a line of sight into a regular schedule of new theatrical blockbusters that get people truly excited about returning to their favorite movie theaters. Those blockbusters are scheduled to return this summer, beginning with Warner Brothers’ Tenet and Disney’s Mulan, with many more major titles scheduled immediately thereafter.”

“While we expect to open our theaters in the weeks ahead of these new blockbusters, utilizing creative programming of immensely popular previously released films, we would be wise to do so only directly in advance of the release of major new movie titles. AMC is currently working through every detail required to successfully showcase these exciting new releases in an environment that’s safe and welcoming for moviegoers, and we will share those details as we get closer to the dates when our theaters will reopen.”

Mark Zoradi, CEO of Cinemark Theaters, also made similar comments stating his theater chain would also wait to open until later this summer.

While the theaters are closed, audiences are watching movies from the comfort of their own homes.

Movieguide® previously reported how this new behavior could affect theatrical distribution as a whole when stay-at-home orders are lifted.

In the coming months, audiences might only see huge, tentpole releases from the comfort of the theater chair, while smaller movies don’t get a theatrical release date at all.

This brings up the question of whether people go to the movies again, or will they stay at home waiting for video-on-demand releases and straight to streaming movies?

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