Movie theaters have been told in Georgia that they are free to reopen, but it seems that the chains aren’t too anxious to do that just yet.
The state of Georgia has announced that movie theaters will be allowed to reopen from Monday, April 27, but none of them seem in a rush to do so. While health and safety is part of that decision, the other part is the lack of new content being released any time soon.
“As we plan our reopening, the health and safety of our guests and associates is our absolute highest priority. To be able to open, we also need a line of sight into a regular schedule of new theatrical blockbusters that get people truly excited about returning to their favorite movie theaters. Those blockbusters are scheduled to return this summer, beginning with Warner Brothers’ Tenet and Disney’s Mulan, with many more major titles scheduled immediately thereafter,” AMC said in a statement issued on Friday.
“While we expect to open our theaters in the weeks ahead of these new blockbusters, utilizing creative programming of immensely popular previously released films, we would be wise to do so only directly in advance of the release of major new movie titles,” the statement continued. “AMC is currently working through every detail required to successfully showcase these exciting new releases in an environment that’s safe and welcoming for moviegoers, and we will share those details as we get closer to the dates when our theaters will reopen.”
Cinemark, the third-largest theater chain in the U.S., has also indicated it will follow suit.
Unless something major changes, it appears we won’t be seeing any movies int heaters until July at the earliest.