Regal Cinemas theaters closed earlier this year due to COVID-19, but they slowly reopened in August. Now, Cineworld, the parent company of Regal, announced a major update on October 5: All Regal theaters will close temporarily starting Thursday, October 8.
“This is not a decision we made lightly, and we did everything in our power to support a safe and sustainable reopening in the U.S.– from putting in place robust health and safety measures at our theaters to joining our industry in making a collective commitment to the CinemaSafe protocols to reaching out to state and local officials to educate them on these initiatives,” said Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld, in a press release. “We are especially grateful for and proud of the hard work our employees put in to adapt our theaters to the new protocols and cannot underscore enough how difficult this decision was.”
The closure comes after Cineworld disclaimed that the “increasingly challenging theatrical landscape and sustained key market closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic” have affected the company. With the postponing of many major blockbuster movies, the theaters just couldn’t supply customers with that they need.
All three Gainesville Regal theaters will close temporarily starting on October 8, as well as the other 536 Regal locations across the U.S. Regal will announce updates for reopening as the year progresses.