Regal will temporarily suspend operations of its 536 US theaters on Oct. 8

Regal Cinemas mother or father firm Cineworld introduced on Oct. 5 that it could briefly shut its 536 US theaters because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

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The COVID-19 pandemic’s affect on the film enterprise is resulting in the non permanent closure of Regal’s 536 US theaters, the theater chain’s mother or father firm Cineworld introduced on Monday. 

“This isn’t a call we made evenly, and we did all the pieces in our energy to help a secure and sustainable reopening within the U.S.– from setting up strong well being and security measures at our theatres to becoming a member of our trade in making a collective dedication to the CinemaSafe protocols to reaching out to state and native officers to coach them on these initiatives,” Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld, stated in an announcement. 

“We’re particularly grateful for and pleased with the laborious work our staff put in to adapt our theatres to the brand new protocols and can’t underscore sufficient how tough this resolution was.”

The corporate attributed the choice to the closure of theaters in main markets like New York and the choice of studios to push off main new releases till subsequent yr. Latest postponements embrace Marvel Studios’ Black Widow being pushed to May 7, 2021, whereas this previous Friday noticed the next James Bond film, No Time to Die, getting delayed until next April

“Regardless of our work, constructive suggestions from our clients and the truth that there was no proof thus far linking any COVID instances with cinemas, we have now not been given a path to reopen in New York, though different indoor actions – like indoor eating, bowling and casinos had been already allowed,” Greidinger added. 

“The extended closures have had a detrimental affect on the discharge slate for the remainder of the yr, and, in flip, our capacity to produce our clients with the lineup of blockbusters they’ve come to count on from us. As such, it’s merely unimaginable to proceed operations in our major markets.”

The corporate says that the closures will “affect roughly 40,000 staff throughout the US.”

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Eli Blumenthal