Despite COVID-19 incidents spiking across the world once again, film studios such as Disney and Warner Bros. have opted to move their release dates to August to provide more time for things to settle down.
Naturally, now that studios hit the pause button on their restarts of the movie season, the theater chains have to reluctantly follow suit. Therefore, on Monday, AMC Theaters announced that it would postpone the reopening of its theaters.
Previously, AMC had planned to open the majority of its theaters on July 15th, showing a few older event films to get things back up and running ahead of Tenet and Mulan. Now, following the delays of those two major films, AMC has opted to push its reopening date back two weeks. The theater chain is currently hoping to resume operations at at least 450 of its 600+ locations in the United States.
The goal will be to have all of the locations opened by early August, in order to accommodate the major event films coming that month. WB’s Tenet is scheduled to be released on August 12th, followed by Disney’s live-action Mulan on August on August 21st.
“We continue to devote extraordinary resources into our plan to operate our theatres with a hyper commitment to the safety and health of our guests and associates, notably in the United States through our new AMC Safe & Clean initiative,” said AMC Theatres CEO and President Adam Aron. “Our theatre general managers across the U.S. started working full time again today and are back in their theatres gearing up to get their buildings fully ready just a few weeks from now for moviegoers. That happy day, when we can welcome guests back into most of our U.S. theatres, will be Thursday, July 30.”