Cinephiles, rejoice! AMC to reopen nearly all US theaters on Friday | News on the coronavirus pandemic
The reopening comes after the movie chain’s toughest year, in which AMC has repeatedly come close to filing for Chapter 11 and has seen most of the new key films delayed due to the pandemic. .
AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. plans to open nearly all of its U.S. theaters by Friday, marking a symbolic milestone for a chain that has bypassed bankruptcy in the depths of the pandemic.
The last theaters it has yet to reopen are mostly in Southern California, where an increase in the number of cases has prevented health officials from recommending that theaters return to work. With the return of these screens, 98% of AMC’s U.S. theaters will be up and running by March 19, with 99% online the following week, AMC said in a statement Wednesday.
The reopening comes after the movie chain’s toughest year, in which AMC has repeatedly come close to filing for Chapter 11 and has seen most of the major new films delayed due to the pandemic. . The Leawood, Kansas-based company lost $ 4.6 billion in 2020. It offered a bailout earlier this year that allowed it to survive for most of 2021, even though the business is not improving.
“It has been exactly one year since we closed all AMC sites in the United States,” CEO Adam Aron said in the statement. Now focusing on reopening, AMC “operates with the utmost dedication to health and safety,” he said.
AMC’s 23 locations in Los Angeles County, the largest film market in the United States, will be up and running by Friday. And all but two of its 54 locations in California will reopen by March 22.
Reopened cinemas will still have capacity restrictions to allow customers to socially distance themselves. In New York and Los Angeles, officials said auditoriums could only be filled to 25%, while the theater implemented other changes, such as requiring visitors to wear masks. .
International sites are reopening at a slower pace. About 30% of AMC’s theaters outside the United States were open by the end of 2020, the chain said in its latest earnings report.