Regal Movie Chain Will Close All 536 U.S. Theaters On Thursday

Some 40,000 Regal theater employees are now dealing with a furlough throughout the U.S. after the film chain revealed its closing all areas.

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Some 40,000 Regal theater workers are now facing a furlough across the U.S. after the film chain announced its closing all areas.

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More than 7,000 motion picture screens will be dark in the U.S. this weekend as the Regal theater chain said it will shut down all 536 locations on Thursday. The closure shows “a progressively tough theatrical landscape” due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is short-lived, the chain stated.

Roughly 40,000 Regal workers throughout the U.S. now face a work furlough, the company informed NPR. More than 5,000 employees in the U.K. will also be affected, the BBC reported.

While the business calls the closures momentary, it did not call a date for a possible resumption of organization, saying it will “continue to keep an eye on the situation closely.”

In a declaration, Greidinger highlighted that “there has actually been no evidence to date connecting any COVID cases with cinemas.” He likewise aired frustration that Regal cant yet run in New York state, a crucial U.S. market, although some indoor locations such as bowling streets and gambling establishments have been allowed to resume business.

” The extended closures have actually had a harmful impact on the release slate for the rest of the year, and, in turn, our ability to provide our clients with the lineup of blockbusters theyve concerned get out of us,” Greidinger stated. “As such, it is simply difficult to continue operations in our main markets.”

Motion picture studios have actually postponed dozens of big releases over the past six months as cinemas sat empty or showed films only to minimal audiences.

Regal is closing down theaters once again less than 2 months after it began to reopen U.S. areas in late August. The decision was announced after the James Bond franchises No Time to Die was shelved up until 2021, even more pushing back a release that had already been postponed.

Regal is the second-largest film exhibitor in the U.S., after AMC Theatres. It is a subsidiary of Cineworld Group, which is based in the U.K.– where the corporation is likewise closing more than 100 theaters.

” This is not a decision we made gently, and we did whatever in our power to support a safe and sustainable resuming in the U.S.,” stated Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld, keeping in mind the chains security precautions for staff and moviegoers.

The coronavirus has hammered Cineworlds stock rate, which commanded around $275 one year back. On Friday, the share cost was hovering just below 40 British pounds (about $52)– but with the brand-new closures, it dropped listed below 17 pounds (about $22) on Monday before recovering some of those losses.

The held off titles include most likely hits such the superhero films Wonder Woman 1984 and Black Widow along with A Quiet Place Part II and Candyman. In addition, Disney moved numerous prominent releases to online-only, including Mulan.