As business outlets across the U.S. begin to take risks and open their doors again, the movie theater chain AMC says it will not be back any time soon.
But as much as one would like to believe that the company is taking COVID-19 precautions, the reality is different. According to the statement from last week, the AMC Theaters officials say that they don’t see the point in reopening until Hollywood officially releases new products.
They stated that health comes first. This applies to employees and visitors at the same time. The cinema can only work in case if there is a stable blockbuster network for months in advance to ensure the proper income. Preliminary estimates show that the situation has a chance to be resolved in the second half of the summer. Then Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and the Disney game remake of Mulan are due. Other high-budget films will follow them in the fall.
Checking theatrical activity will be required. It is necessary to understand the mechanisms of work in new conditions and the risks. Therefore, for the first few weeks, cinemas will be opened
The chain has 630 cinemas all over the U.S. After the national lockdown it closed all of them and furloughed 25,000 staff members. without major premieres. AMC is actively modeling all possible scenarios right now. They strive to create a comfortable environment for visitors and provide an adequate level of security at the same time. When these conditions are reached, cinemas will be ready to reopen.
Back at the beginning of April, the AMC Entertainment chief executive Adam Aron claimed that the theaters would most probably reopen mid-June. Nevertheless, many experts suspect that the company might file for bankruptcy.