In response to the ongoing strain on the movie industry from the pandemic, the Regal theater chain is indefinitely closing all 536 locations in the US on October 8, including four in Austin.
“This is not a decision we made lightly, and we have done everything in our power to support a safe and sustainable reopening in the United States – from putting robust health and safety measures in place in our theaters to jointly Our Industry Commitment The CinemaSafe protocols require state and local officials to be informed of these initiatives, ”said Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Regal’s parent company, Cineworld Group, in a press release on October 5th.
Greidinger told Sky News that the theaters may be closed for two months or “even a little longer”.
Regal operates four theaters in Austin:
Regal Gateway, 9700 Stonelake Blvd.
Regal Arbor @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail.
Regal Westgate, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd.
Regal Metropolitan, 901 Little Texas Ln.
The temporary shutdowns in the US will affect approximately 40,000 shelf employees. It is the second largest cinema chain in the country after AMC.
The release of Cineworld cites longer theater closings in New York as the reason for their action, which limit the supply of “blockbusters” that film studios want to publish. For example, the debut of the James Bond film No Time to Die has been postponed until April 2021, and films like Mulan and Greyhound have shifted to online platforms.
Regal operates 27 theaters in Texas, including six in the San Antonio area, five in the Houston area, and two in Dallas-Fort Worth.
This isn’t the only cinema chain to suffer from the ongoing pandemic. For example, while the local Alamo Drafthouse operates most of its theaters in Austin, many of its locations in the Dallas area remain closed. Three of its franchises in the Phoenix area have closed for good and filed for bankruptcy protection.