masks at theaters

AMC, Regal, and Cinemark, the three largest movie theater chains in the United States, announced today that guests will no longer be required to wear masks at their locations, provided that those guests have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Masks will now be optional for vaccinated guests, and “strongly encouraged” for everyone else.
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Cinemark Movie Theaters Reopening

Theaters aren’t dying — though it looks like they’ll be showing major studio releases for an even shorter time than before. Six months after Cinemark struck a deal with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group — which itself came a few months after Universal’s own deal with AMC Theatres — the exhibition chain has signed new pacts with five major Hollywood studios that could help shorten the theatrical window.

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Universal Cinemark deal

Several months after Universal Filmed Entertainment Group signed a deal with AMC Theatres, the company has now signed a separate deal with Cinemark Theatres with a different set of details giving movies a shortened theatrical window. Here’s what you need to know. Read More »

Cinemark Shortened Theatrical Windows in November

Movie theaters are still having a tough time right now, so some of the major chains are doing whatever they can in order to better their financial situation. AMC Theatres got some help from a deal they struck with Universal that not only shortened the theatrical window to 17 days but gave theaters some of the VOD revenue when the movie was available to rent digitally at home. Now, it seems Cinemark is the latest chain looking to allow shortened theatrical windows during this unprecedented situation. Read More »

Cinemark and AMC Theatres Not Closing

Earlier this week, Cineworld made the decision to not only close all of their Regal Cinemas locations in the United States (the second largest chain here), but all of their theaters in the United Kingdom. It’s due to the fact that No Time to Die fled from being released in theaters in November and opted for a safer release in April 2021, leaving Soul and The Croods 2 as the only major studio releases over the next two months. But not all the theater chains are quite so concerned.

Both AMC Theatres and Cinemark have pledged to stay open, despite the lack of new movies to show and the uncertainty over when movie theaters in New York City and Los Angeles will be allowed to reopen. Considering how desperate of a situation these chains seemed to be in earlier this year, that’s quite a surprising development. Read More »

Cinemark Theatre Rental

If you’re itching to return to movie theaters but understandably nervous about sharing space with strangers right now, Cinemark wants to help. The theater chain is launching something called a Private Watch Party, in which patrons can rent out a participating Cinemark Theatre for around $99-$175 plus applicable taxes & online fees. Moviegoers can choose from previously released films or a few new titles, too.

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New Jersey Movie Theaters Lawsuit

Last week, AMC Theatres, Cinemark and Regal Cinemas, along with the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), filed a lawsuit that claimed New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy was infringing upon their First Amendment rights by forcing movie theaters to remain closed while churches, libraries and other venues were allowed to reopen. But a federal judge in New Jersey has denied their requests for a restraining order that would have allowed them to reopen. Read More »

movie theaters suing to reopen

Today in “We’re probably all doomed” news: movie theater giants AMC, Regal, and Cinemark are taking the state of New Jersey to court, claiming a First Amendment right to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. You know – that deadly pandemic that appears to be getting worse, and not better? Yeah, that one. Theater owners claim that if churches are now allowed to reopen in NJ again, movie theaters should be granted the same consideration.

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Cinemark Movie Theaters Reopening

AMC Theatres and Regal both found themselves reversing course on face masks in recent weeks, following outcry about their initial lax reopening policies. Now Cinemark is following in the footsteps of its fellow big movie theater chains. Cinemark will now require all guests to wear face masks throughout its theaters when the exhibitor begins its phased reopening starting July 24.

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cinemark safety guidelines

Cinemark Theaters will be safe for audiences to enjoy movies on the big screen, even if they’re not required to wear masks, according to the new Cinemark safety guidelines video released by the exhibitor. Cinemark Theaters CEO Mark Zoradi appears in the video to provide a detailed breakdown of the theater chain’s new safety guidelines amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic when its 300-plus theaters re-open this July. New guidelines include increased contactless exchanges, thorough disinfecting of public areas, and the requirement that employees wear masks. But audiences, notably won’t be required to wear masks. So, uh…totally safe.

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