AMC pushes back reopening US theaters by 2 weeks to July 30

David Caplan
June 29, 2020 - 3:24 pm

FILE - In this April 29, 2020 file photo, the AMC sign appears at AMC Burbank 16 movie theater complex in Burbank, Calif. The nation’s largest movie theater chain changed its position on mask-wearing less than a day after the company became a target on social media for saying it would defer to local governments on the issue. AMC Theaters CEO Adam Aron said Friday that its theaters will require patrons to wear masks upon reopening, which will begin in July. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- AMC Theatres has pushed back its U.S. reopening date to July 30 from July 10, the company announced Monday. 

The company said it will resume operations then at 450 U.S. theaters "as part of a phased plan that is expected to bring the 600-plus U.S. theatre circuit essentially to full operation by early August."

In New York City, there are AMC theaters in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx.

AMC said the new reopening date "aligns" with updated release dates for "Tenet" (Aug. 12) and Disney’s "Mulan" (Aug. 21).

Adam Aron, CEO & President, AMC Theatres said, “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."

He added, "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.”

AMC will require patrons to wear masks. Customers who don’t wear masks won’t be admitted or allowed to stay.

“We think it is absolutely crucial that we listen to our guests,” Aron said. “It is clear from this response that we did not go far enough on the usage of masks.”