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As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic nears the one-year mark and movie exhibition chains have remained closed for nearly as long, the two biggest theater chains in the U.S. are taking drastic measures to stay afloat. AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas have both taken action to ensure that they’ll stick around for at least a few more months. But whether that will be enough is yet to be seen.

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Regal Cinemas Closing

Over the weekend, Cineworld confirmed that they were considering temporary closure of all their Regal Cinemas locations in the United States as well as all of the theaters they own in the United Kingdom. At the time, it was merely an option they were considering in the wake of No Time to Die officially opting out of being released in theaters this year and shifting to a new date in April 2021. Now Cineworld has confirmed they will be closing all of their U.S. and U.K. movie theaters this week, and fellow U.K. theater chain Odeon will also be shutting their doors, but only during weekdays. Read More »

Regal Cinemas Closing Again

Last week, the James Bond franchise sequel No Time to Die became the latest blockbuster to have its theatrical release delayed to 2021. That may have been the last bit of hope that movie theaters had for staying open through the rest of the year, because Cineworld is seriously considering the temporary closure of all their Regal Cinemas theaters in the United States, as well as all of their cinemas in the United Kingdom. Read More »

regal cinemas future

The future of Regal Cinemas is looking pretty grim. Cineworld Group, the exhibition giant and parent company to Regal, reported a loss of a whopping $1.6 billion in the first half of 2020, with “no certainty” as to what impact the pandemic could have on the company in the future. With a major chain like Regal on its knees, it doesn’t bode well for the theater exhibition business, as studios become increasingly reluctant to release any more major titles this year.

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Regal Cinemas

This week, AMC Theatres and Universal Pictures sent shockwaves through Hollywood by sparking a new deal that would shorten the window between the theatrical release of a movie and its debut on VOD to just 17 days. The theatrical window has been a sticking point between studios and movie theaters for a long time, and it’s also been a big issue for Netflix when it comes to getting their original movies to play on the big screen. This new deal could set a new precedent that could change the distribution model forever.

And Regal Cinemas’ parent company Cineworld isn’t happy about it at all. Read More »

regal movie theaters

Regal Cinemas, the second largest theater chain in the U.S., has announced that it will open its U.S. theaters in August. The new Regal Cinemas reopening date comes after Warner Bros. set the theatrical release of Tenet for August in international markets, followed by a September release in the U.S.

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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 »

regal cinemas re-opening

Regal Cinemas is bring back some of your old favorites to bring audiences back to theaters. With studios playing chicken over who will open first July, by which time most theater chains expect to be almost 100% open, there aren’t many new movies to play in the theaters that are slowly opening across the nation. So Regal Cinemas is re-releasing beloved classics like The Empire Strikes Back, Jurassic Park, and The Lord of the Rings to attract audiences back to its locations.

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Regal Cinemas reopening

Update: After AMC Theatres reversed course regarding patrons wearing masks, Regal Cinemas has also announced that it will require guests to wear masks when its theaters reopen next month. “As related to our employees, guests will also be required to wear masks,” they said in a statement. “Disposable masks will be made available as needed.” Our original article from June 16, 2020 follows.

Movie theaters have been shuttered across much of the United States for months, but for better or worse, many of them are going to be reopening next month. Regal Cinemas has announced that it will begin reopening its locations on July 10, 2020, but if you live in a state or city where masks aren’t required in public places because of the coronavirus pandemic, don’t expect people to be wearing any face coverings in the auditorium with you.

Read the list of health and safety precautions that Regal is implementing below.
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As we approach the two and a half months of quarantine from the coronavirus pandemic, we’re waiting to see whether Christopher Nolan’s Tenet can shoulder a burden no other film has had to carry in the modern era: can this one film save movie theaters from oblivion? The action thriller is currently slated to open in July, and while AMC has promised to open its doors in time, one of its biggest theatrical competitors, Regal Cinemas, has not yet made that same commitment.
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