Cinema / 17-03-2020

It's Official: Major Theaters Are All Closed Nationwide, Here's Cinemark's Statement

It's Official: Major Theaters Are All Closed Nationwide, Here's Cinemark's Statement

Following a similar announcement from Regal Cinemas and AMC Theatres on Monday, the third largest movie chain, Cinemark, has also decided to close its doors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The theater company announced today that all 345 of its movie theaters in North America will not be open until further notice. Check out the official statement from its CEO, Mark Zoradi:

Through these absolutely unprecedented and evolving times, one thing will not change, and that is Cinemark’s dedication to its team members and moviegoers. The decision to close our U.S. theatres was incredibly tough, but we know it is the right thing to do as global Coronavirus concerns continue to escalate. We will closely monitor recommendations of national and local governmental health organizations and look forward to inviting everyone to once again enjoy experiencing the movies with Cinemark.

Cinemark also operates Century Theatres, Tinseltown, CinéArts and Rave circuits domestically, which will additionally be closed for the time being, per Variety. On Monday, Regal Cinemas announced it would indefinitely close as well. AMC Theatres are also closing throughout the United States for anywhere between six to twelve weeks.

The recent White House conference was certainly a major player in closing of these major movie theaters. The official address asked that Americans avoid social gatherings of more than ten people. Theaters have recently been ordered to be closed down by the mayors of Los Angeles and New York City, along with restaurants, bars and gyms. At least nine other states followed these major cities' leads.

17-03-2020 20:45, source: cinemablend, by James Foster
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