AMC announces plans to reopen theaters globally by July

After temporarily closing all 630 of its locations in the U.S. beginning March 17 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, AMC Enterprise Holdings Inc. announced plans to reopen all of its theaters globally by July in a news release June 9. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
After temporarily closing all 630 of its locations in the U.S. beginning March 17 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, AMC Enterprise Holdings Inc. announced plans to reopen all of its theaters globally by July in a news release June 9. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

After temporarily closing all 630 of its locations in the U.S. beginning March 17 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, AMC Enterprise Holdings Inc. announced plans to reopen all of its theaters globally by July in a news release June 9. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

After temporarily closing all 630 of its locations in the U.S. beginning March 17 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, AMC Enterprise Holdings Inc. announced plans to reopen all of its theaters globally by July in a news release June 9.

According to the release, during the closure AMC was forced to furlough the majority of its global workforce, including U.S. executives and employees, as the company's revenue was put at a standstill.

"These are truly unprecedented times. I join with all our employees around the world to offer our sympathies to those affected by the coronavirus, as well as our sincerest gratitude to those on the front lines," AMC President and CEO Adam Aron said in a statement.

As AMC theaters in Europe began closing in late February, the company has already reopened 10 of its theaters in Norway, German, Spain and Portugal as of June 9. The company plans to fully reopen globally in time for the release of Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" on July 17 and Disney's "Mulan" on July 24, the release states.

Planned strategies to curb the spread of COVID-19 upon reopening include implementing personal protection equipment, enhanced cleaning protocols, limited theater capacity and blocked seating. The company is also exploring the use of electrostatic sprayers, HEPA vacuums and upgraded MERV 13 air ventilation filters where possible to enhance sanitization efforts.


"Our top priorities remain the safety and well-being of our guests and associates, combined with our taking sweeping actions to preserve the long term viability of AMC Entertainment," Aron said in the statement. "We are confident we are taking the necessary steps on a broad array of fronts to ensure AMC's future success as we navigate these turbulent and uncertain times."

For a complete list of AMC theater locations, click here.
By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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