Regal Cinemas, the country’s second largest theater chain, will close all of its cinemas in the United States starting tomorrow, March 17, as a precaution for the continued spread of the coronavirus, according to Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter. The theaters will remain closed until further notice.
“At all times, at any Regal, our goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our employees and guests,” said Mooky Greidinger, CEO of the parent company of Regal Cinema Cineworld, in a statement to Deadline. “Right now, we have made the difficult decision to close our cinemas. We appreciate our passionate cinema customers and we have no doubt that we will serve them again as soon as possible with a full list of Hollywood blockbusters. “
AMC, the largest theater chain, said earlier today that at most 50 people could not be in a theater at the same time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Other cinemas may follow Regal’s decision to close all cinemas in the coming days, sources told The Hollywood Reporter.
Universal will launch movies currently in theaters on Friday for $ 20, the company announced today. And in the past few weeks, Mulan, F9, and No time to die, the latest James Bond film, have all had their theatrical release dates delayed due to the coronavirus epidemic.