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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Cinemark Movie Theaters Reopening

With protests dominating headlines around the United States, most people aren’t quite as concerned about the potential reopening of movie theaters this summer. But when it comes to the theater chains themselves, it could mean life or death, which is why many of them are hoping Warner Bros. Pictures will follow through on releasing Christopher Nolan‘s new film Tenet on July 17, something the director has been hoping will help keep many theaters from having to close their doors permanently. For their part, the Cinemark theater chain is confident the studio will stay the course. Read More »

cinemark reopening

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for movie theaters? The coronavirus has shut down theaters across the globe, leaving the future of the theatrical experience up in the air. Now, Cinemark has revealed they have plans to start slowly re-opening their closed theaters starting July 1. But is this a good idea? The coronavirus situation isn’t going to magically go away, as much as we’d all like it to. But Cinemark also finds themselves in financial trouble, having just laid off 17,500 workers and furloughing 50% of its corporate staff.

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Movie Theaters During Coronavirus

Movie theaters across the globe are shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that’s bad news no matter how you slice it. The fact of the matter is that no theater chain was even slightly prepared for this, giving rise to fears that many theater chains are doomed to go out of business completely. In the wake of such dire prognostications, several theater owners and more are trying to find ways to survive. Here’s what’s going on right now.

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movie theater federal aid

The Senate passed a massive $2 trillion stimulus package late Wednesday night that is intended to help American workers and businesses that have taken a hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Among those badly affected businesses are movie theaters, which for the first time in the history of Hollywood, have shut down en masse across the country. Theater owners joined the praise for the relief package, which still has to go through the House, saying in a statement that the legislation could help the country’s struggling cineplexes as the pandemic wears on. But how much of that $2 trillion package will actually go to movie theaters?

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AMC Theatres Limiting Capacity

This Monday, the U.S. box office saw its worst weekend in the 22-year history that exhibitors had been recording box office numbers. And it looks like things will only get worse, as the escalating coronavirus pandemic closes more businesses and movie theaters. With all the major movie theaters closing their locations across the U.S., a mere 20% of theaters remaining open in the country, and studios delaying most of their major releases amid coronavirus concerns, studios could lose as much as $2 billion.

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More Commercials in Movie Theaters

Hot on the heels of news that moviegoers want fewer trailers during their theatrical experience, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark movie theaters are giving audiences exactly what they want: even more commercials in movie theaters.

Regal Cinemas and Cinemark have struck a new deal with National CineMedia to add more in-theater advertising that will play on the big screen before the attached trailers play. Thankfully, it won’t be nearly as long of an advertisement as the entire line-up of trailers that traditionally play before a movie. Read More »