Regal to Reopen Movie Theaters in New York State Outside of NYC

Regal Cinemas Marquee Times Square
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The marquee at Regal Cinemas in Times Square on Oct. 13, 2020.

Theaters in other U.S. markets will remain shuttered due to the lack of new Hollywood movie releases.

Regal Cinemas is set to reopen 11 movie theaters in New York State after receiving a greenlight from Governor Andrew Cuomo to do so from Oct. 23.

“We are grateful to finally have initial guidelines from the state. With the implementation of robust health and safety measures as a part of our commitment to the CinemaSafe protocols, our New York theatres and staff are thoroughly prepared for a safe and sustainable reopening. After seven months, we are thrilled to welcome back our beloved staff and customers,” said Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld, the parent of Regal and second largest global exhibitor after AMC.

The reopening of movie theaters outside New York City comes with precautions in place as audiences will be limited to 25 percent capacity. The move also follows Cineworld temporarily suspending its operation in the U.S. and U.K. — which impacted 536 Regal cinemas in the U.S. and 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse in the U.K. — amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Oct. 13, to pressure Governor Cuomo to reopen cinemas in his state, the Regal E-Walk in New York City's Times Square installed a message on its marquee: "48 states have reopened theaters so far. Why not New York, Gov. Cuomo #ReopenOurCinemasNY."

Cineworld cautioned that Regal theater operations in other U.S. markets will remain closed due to the lack of new movie releases. And Greidinger added Regal will now look to reopen in New York City.

“We are sure that the next step will be opening of cinemas in New York City, which is still critical for the recovery of the industry," the Cineworld boss said in his statement.