Update (7:00 PM ET): Cinemark is following in the footsteps of AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas. The Texas-based theater chain announced that they will be temporarily shutting down amid concerns surrounding the current coronavirus pandemic.
With that, most of the major movie theater chains across America are now closed.
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 revealed that all Cinemark operated locations would be ceasing operation beginning Wednesday (March 18); Zoradi did not offer up an estimated date with regards to when the theater chain would plan to reopen to the public.
“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.
In addition, Zoradi went on to address some questions patrons might have with regards to the company’s Movie Rewards Program.
Specifically, those who have opted in to the program already can rest easy knowing Cinemark will be extending the expiration date for all of the points they’ve earned to June 30, 2020. Additionally, they’ll be pausing all Movie Club memberships so participants don’t have to worry bout getting billed for the time Cinemark is closed up.
Word of Cinemark’s temporary closure comes just a day following yesterday’s news that both Regal Cinemas and AMC have also decided to shut down operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Together, Cinemark, Regal, and AMC make up the United State’s three biggest movie theater chains, so the fact that they’ve made the decision to close up shop for now is definitely a big deal.
Other movie theaters who have also announced plans to close amid growing COVID-19 concerns include Alamo Drafthouse and Landmark.
Read up on the aforementioned movie theater closures below.
Original Story (12:15 PM ET): AMC Theatres announced on Monday that it will be closing all theaters across the United States for six to 12 weeks in response to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
Initially AMC Theatres, which is the nation’s largest theater circuit and operates 634 locations in the U.S. and Canada, had sought to remain open through the pandemic by cutting its seating capacity in half in accordance with social distancing recommendations.
However, since that announcement, governors of a dozen states had gone ahead and announced statewide closures of movie theaters. Then, on Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The White House issued strict guidelines on public gatherings, limiting them to just 10 people.
In light of the new recommendations and the statewide closures, AMC decided to go ahead and shut its doors for the next six to 12 weeks.
“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 today, 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 pause A-List subscriptions, with no billing or payments for the duration of the closure.
The theatre chain joins Regal, Landmark, and Alamo Drafthouse theater chains in temporarily closing their doors due to concerns about the coronavirus.