Paris Attacks: Biggest Cinema Chain in French Capital to Remain Closed on Sunday, MK2 Opens
Big movies that have been playing in France include 'Spectre,' 'The Martian' and 'Pan.'
Some major cinema chains, including Gaumont-Pathe, France's largest, said their Paris theaters will remain closed on Sunday following the terrorist attacks Friday night.
Gaumont-Pathe operates both the Gaumont and Pathe theaters around the country, including 18 theaters in Paris and its suburbs. City of Paris-owned theaters, including the art house Luxour and Forum des Images, also remained closed, as well as the independent Cinema des Cineastes.
But MK2, which operates 10 theaters in and around Paris, decided to reopen Sunday, confirming its schedule on its website and Twitter.
The Grand Rex, which had been scheduled to show a special weeklong exclusive engagement of The Good Dinosaur beginning Saturday ahead of its U.S. premiere, also reopened on Sunday.
Cinema des Cineastes, near Place de Clichy, which was closed Sunday morning, decided to reopen in the afternoon with increased security measures.
All of the big cinema operators opened Saturday morning before closing in the early afternoon. The chains are the main theaters for Hollywood blockbusters and major releases. Sony/MGM/Eone's Spectre was in its opening weekend in France after debuting on Wednesday.
On Saturday, several Pathe theaters were pre-sold out of evening tickets for screenings of Spectre. Sunday the chain said it would be refunding pre-sold tickets via its website or in person when theaters reopen. MK2 said it is refunding pre-sold tickets for Saturday via its website.
Other big movies currently playing in France include Fox's The Martian, Warner's Pan, Woody Allen's Irrational Man and The Lobster.
Meanwhile, Universal Pictures has called off a planned screening and Q&A with director Danny Boyle for Steve Jobs, which had been scheduled for Paris for Monday. "In light of the tragic events in Paris, Monday’s preview screening and filmmaker Q&A for Steve Jobs has been canceled," the studio said. "Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims, families and the people of France during this difficult time.”
Nov. 15, 3 a.m. Updated and corrected with information that MK2 cinemas will be open.