As moviegoers unfortunately know by this point, many movie theaters have been facing troubling times since the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. Although things are unclear for when society will exactly widely reopen and go back to normal, it’s even less clear with what’s going on with our precious movie theaters. Especially since it appears that AMC Theatres recently tried avoiding falling into bankruptcy. Now AMC Theatres has announced they won’t actually be reopening until Hollywood has produced new content for them to screen.
The following statement was made by AMC Theatres, which explains that quite a bit of their future depends on Hollywood once again maintaining a regular release schedule:
“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.”
Hopefully we’ll learn more about the specifics of AMC Theatres reopening soon. It seems like even after things go back to normal, it wouldn’t be until way into the summer that AMC Theatres would be able to open back up again as they once were. For the time being it seems like Cinemark Theaters also won’t be opening up again until summer, according to CEO Mark Zoradi.
Let’s just hope that we can count on things to be back to normal by this Summer as estimated.