The three largest theater chains in the U.S. have once again opted to delay their reopening dates.
For the most part, U.S. movie theaters have been closed since March due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past few months, they have announced potential reopening dates, but delays due to films being pushed back have caused them to do the same in turn.
The latest delay comes in the wake of the announcement that Christopher Nolan’s Tenet has been pushed back and will receive some form of untraditional release. What form that will take is unclear at this point, but it will more than likely be similar to some form of a rolling roadshow.
As to the movie theaters in general, the new plan seems to be a pushback from July 31 to more than likely some time in mid-August. There is a high chance, however, that it will be pushed back once again depending on what decisions the studios make next.
Any further delays and it will more than likely begin to look more and more likely a delay into 2021 will become a reality. There are a few more hardstops to clear such as the Labor Day weekend, but we’ll hear about that in the next few weeks.
For now, the reopening of movie theaters very much remains a waiting game.