US movie cinemas from AMC theaters delayed reopening plans echoing pushback of major movie release dates

The pandemic acts as a villain for movie houses also. As the coronavirus cases continue to rise in the US, release dates of major films are delayed. Subsequently, theater houses back out as well.

Showtime, Not Yet

AMC Theaters, known to be the largest movie-theater chain in the world, announced Thursday that they are again pushing back reopening of its cinemas from across the country. Their new plan is to reopen somewhere between mid-to-late August. Cinema houses from both inside and outside of US have temporarily shut closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

It was another round of delays, when it first set July 15 as the first “phased” reopening date, and then moved by end of July. As we are nearing their intended resume of operations, number of cases of infected people does not seem to slow down. Also, major studios are postponing their huge movies.

However, this decision apparently applies to their American theaters. They stated that almost “one-third of all AMC cinemas in Europe and the Middle East are already open and are operating normally.” No further details were given regarding which of their US chains are opening.

The British movie house Cinemaworld also echoed the same move, postponing their reopening of US theaters by mid-August. 

Setting and Timing

In a statement, the theater company said: “This new timing reflects currently expected release dates for much anticipated blockbusters like Warner Bros.’ ‘Tenet’ and Disney’s ‘Mulan,’ as well as release dates for several other new movies.”

Christopher Nolan’s thriller spy film “Tenet” produced by Warner Bros. is now officially postponed indefinitely. It was originally intended for an August 12 release. Warner Bros. assured a new date “imminently.” Meanwhile, Disney in a more recent statement revealed they have removed an official date for release of “Mulan,” a live-action adaptation of the animated classic.

Safe and Clean Cinemas

Last month, AMC Theaters put out their implementation of health safety protocols in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. Dubbed as “AMC Safe & Clean,” the new program from the theater house company would require moviegoers to wear masks while limiting capacity of their showtimes. AMC also upgraded their ventilation systems.

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