Regal Cinemas is going to be the first major theater chain to close all theaters across the country to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Regal currently operates 542 cinemas across the country and employs 25,000 workers in 42 states and the second largest theater chain in the United States.
The decision to close the location is on the back of one of the worst box office weekends in 40 years. The closure will add to the downward trend of the studios, theater owners and more.
“Any time, at any Regal, it’s our goal to provide a safe and healthy environment for our employees and guests,” Mooky Greidinger, Cineworld CEO told Deadline. “At this time, we have made the difficult decision to close our theatres. We value our movie-loving customers and have no doubt we will be serving them again as soon as possible with a full slate of Hollywood blockbusters.”
AMC Theaters has implemented a cut in admission to all screening in order to space out people but will they be next along with other theater chains in the country. Will see others like Cinemark, Cineoplis and other follow in Regals footsteps.
In Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called for the closure of all bars, wine bars, restaurants (open for take out orders or drive through), night clubs and cinemas in the city jurisdiction yesterday.