Regal Cinemas to Reopen Eleven Locations in New York After Pandemic Closures

Cineworld, the parent company of Regal Cinemas, closed more than 500 theaters a couple of weeks ago because of coronavirus, and is now reopening 11 theaters in New York state beginning tomorrow, according to CNBC. The announcement comes less than a week after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said movie theaters not located in New York City would be allowed to reopen, but only at 25 percent capacity, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“We are grateful to finally have initial guidelines from the state,” Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld, said. “With the implementation of robust health and safety measures as a part of our commitment to the CinemaSafe protocols, our New York theatres and staff are thoroughly prepared for a safe and sustainable reopening. After seven months, we are thrilled to welcome back our beloved staff and customers.”

Greidinger said he is hopeful Gov. Cuomo will allow theaters to reopen soon in New York City as well since it’s an important market and that is “still critical for the recovery of the industry.” While New York City accounts for approximately 6 percent of total ticket sales, movies that succeed in New York often fare well nationwide as a result of all the publicity they receive in that market.

However, Regal Theaters nationwide will stay closed as a result of the fact major blockbusters are not being released in theaters due to the pandemic. Major movie studios had also announced earlier this year they would not show blockbuster films in New York if state officials refused to reopen movie theaters.