AMC Theatres, Cinemark to close temporarily due to coronavirus concerns

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Cinemark and AMC Theatres will be joining Landmark, Regal and Alamo Drafthouse in closing its theatres amid coronavirus concerns.

AMC Theatres announced Monday that it will close all its theaters across the United States for 6 to 12 weeks in response to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are ever so disappointed for our moviegoing guests and for our employee teams that the new CDC guidelines that Americans should not gather in groups larger than 10 people make it impossible to open our theatres,” CEO of AMC Theaters Adam Aron said in a statement.

“Still, the health and wellbeing of AMC guests and employees, and of all Americans, takes precedence above all else. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and look forward to the day we can again delight moviegoers nationwide by reopening AMC movie theatres in accordance with guidance from the CDC and local health authorities.”

AMC Theatres said the closure would go into effect on Tuesday March 17, but that the company would “remain flexible on reopening, in accordance with CDC recommendations and governmental directives.”

AMC Theatres said it would also pause A-List subscriptions, with no billing or payments for the duration of the closure.

In addition, Texas-based theater chain Cinemark theaters announced that they will likewise be temporarily shutting down amid concerns surrounding the current coronavirus pandemic.

The theater chain announced their decision to close all of their 345 North American locations — including the Cinemark operated Century Theaters, Tinseltown, CineArts, and Rave — on Tuesday, March 17.

In a statement posted to their website, Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi stated that:

“The entire Cinemark team cares deeply about our guests, employees and communities, and we have made the incredibly difficult decision to close our U.S. theatres to ensure we are playing our part to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Each of our theatres will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18, until we believe it is safe to once again welcome moviegoers to our auditoriums,” reads the statement.

Additionally, Zoradi stated that Cinemark will be extending the expiration date for all of the points they’ve earned to June 30, 2020 and will be pausing all Movie Club memberships.

With both AMC and Cinemark joining Regal Theatres in a shutdown, most of the major movie theater chains across America are now closed.

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