REDONDO BEACH, CA — AMC Theatres on Thursday announced it will again delay reopening amid a surge in coronavirus cases in several U.S. states and a shift in the release dates for Warner Bros.' “Tenet” and Disney's “Mulan.”
The company previously set its reopening date for July 15 and then delayed it to July 30. The theater chain now plans to open locations in “mid to late August,” according to multiple reports.
AMC Theatres has three locations in the South Bay, including one location in Redondo Beach and two locations in Torrance.
Earlier last week, Warner Bros. announced that it was taking “Tenet” off the release calendar but still planned to open the film at some time in 2020. Disney also is expected to delay its premiere of “Mulan,” and other major movies are considering new release dates.
Previously, AMC Theatres expressed “substantial doubt” that the company could keep operating if pandemic-related closures continued. In its most recent earnings statement, the company reported a $2.2 billion loss as a result of coronavirus closures.
AMC also said it planned to open theaters as soon as it is safe and allowed under health and social distancing guidelines.
In June, after facing harsh online criticism, the company announced all guests would be required to wear masks once theaters do reopen.
AMC also plans to put a number of safety measures in place for moviegoers, including personal protection equipment, cleaning protocols, limited theater capacity and blocked seating.
“We are confident we are taking the necessary steps on a broad array of fronts to ensure AMC’s future success as we navigate these turbulent and uncertain times,” AMC CEO Adam Aron said in a statement.
AMC has 1,000 locations across the globe, with more than 11,000 screens, according to its website.
Here are the AMC locations in the South Bay:
AMC DINE-IN South Bay Galleria 16, 1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Ste 368, Redondo Beach
AMC Rolling Hills 20, 2591 Airport Drive, Torrance
AMC Del Amo 18, 3525 W. Carson St., Spc 73, Torrance
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