LA Theaters: What’s Open — AMC, Cinemark, Pacific Theaters – Variety

When will movie theaters open in los angeles

With coronavirus cases declining as vaccine distribution ramps up, moviegoing in Los Angeles appears poised to rebound. The county is poised to enter the orange tier soon, which requires fewer new coronavirus cases per day per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of less than 5%.

at that time, movie theaters will be able to increase indoor capacity from 25% or 100 people to 50% or 200 people (whichever is less).

Meanwhile, there are currently 42 theaters open in Los Angeles County, according to comscore. movie exhibition industry officials expect that number to rise as capacity restrictions are loosened. By comparison, Los Angeles County had 107 movie theaters open at this time in 2019.

enter the chains that have resumed their activity:

  • amc theaters in century city, santa monica and burbank
  • cinemark on the boardwalk at howard hughes center in westchester
  • pacific theaters at grove, pacific northridge center, americana glendale
  • landmark theaters in westwood
  • regency theaters in van nuys, granada hills, agoura hills
  • fine arts theater in beverly hills (opening 31st March)

several locations plan to reopen in the coming weeks, but have not yet:

  • laemmle theaters in santa monica, north hollywood, glendale, west l.a. and Pasadena
  • nuart theater in santa monica
  • vintage theaters: the vista in hollywood, los feliz theater
  • regency theaters in westwood village, north hollywood, norwalk
  • tcl chinese theater
  • arclight in hollywood, culver city, santa monica

amc theatres, the nation’s largest theater chain, has 40 locations throughout california and predicts nearly all of them will reopen by the end of this week. Regal Cinemas, another major circuit, has four locations in Los Angeles and more nearby in Orange County. the cineworld-owned chain was shut down for months, but plans to return in early April, timed for the release of “godzilla vs. kong.”

“We have long awaited this moment when we can welcome audiences back to our real theaters and restore our essential role within the communities we serve,” said mooky greidinger, chief executive officer of cineworld, the parent company regal, earlier this week. “With the health and safety of our customers, staff and communities as our top priority, we continue to take all necessary precautions and adhere to our cinemasafe guidelines to deliver a safe and comfortable experience with confidence. With capacity restrictions expanding to 50% or more in most of the US. uu. states, we will be able to operate profitably in our largest markets.”

Also tied to the latest combination of Warner Bros. Monsters, the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood and Highland will hold an opening ceremony on March 29. The premiere will bring directors from recent Godzilla and King Kong films, including Adam Wingard, Michael Dougherty, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, and Gareth Edwards.

Movie theater owners are optimistic about the gradual reopening of Los Angeles. Even with limited capacity and more than half of locations still closed, the county accounted for 9% of all movie tickets sold last weekend, according to Comscore. Having more theaters open will probably bode well for upcoming releases like Universal’s thriller “Nobody” with Bob Odenkirk (March 26), “Godzilla vs. Kong” (March 31), and “Mortal Kombat” (April 16). ).

Milton Moritz, president and CEO of the National Association of California Theater Owners, points out that some theaters may never reopen. others, he predicts, will return sometime in April as exhibitors gradually hire employees and implement safety and cleaning protocols. per county rules, venues will be required to have reserved seating and groups will need to be spaced at least six feet apart in all directions.

“It’s a challenge, but theaters are making it work,” says Moritz. “People have felt comfortable because security protocols are being followed.”

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