We’re still in the middle of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic – what could possibly go wrong?
- AMC was founded in 1920 with a theatre at 12th Street and Grand Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri
- As part of AMC’s Centennial Celebration, all AMC U.S. theatre locations that open on August 20 will offer all available seats for all movies that day for the 1920’s admission price of 15 cents each (while offered on all available seats, to achieve social distancing overall seating capacity will be significantly reduced)
- AMC will resume theatre operations at more than 100 U.S. locations on Thursday, August 20
- Approximately 300 additional AMC locations around the country are expected to open during the following two weeks leading to the release of Disney’s THE NEW MUTANTS on August 28 and Warner Bros.’ TENET on September 3
- AMC Safe & Clean developed under close cooperation with public health and safety experts to be stringently enforced at all AMC locations
- Many of the cities where the theaters are opening have no mask requirements, and are hotbeds of Coronavirus infection.
With the novel coronavirus still raging unchecked across the United States, the AMC Theaters chain has decided that this would be the perfect time to put profits over their own customers’ lives by reopening theaters across the United States, in time to release Tenet, The New Mutants, and a special 10th anniversary event for INCEPTION.
Most of the theaters opening are in places like Florida, Texas, Connecticut and Illinois, many of which do not have statewide mandates about wearing masks in public, and already hotbeds of contagion for the COVID-19 virus. AMC is hoping that the lure of fifteen-cent movie tickets will massively override movie-goers’ common sense and drive them into the theaters regardless of the imminent potential of death by coronavirus.
Below is the AMC press release, and the list of theaters that they will be reopening. Note that the press release pretty much glosses over the decision to reopen despite the serious risk of infection, the possibility of death, or the potential of lifelong disability from some of the known side effects of the virus, so far including damage to the heart, lungs, nervous system, circulatory system, and the permanent loss of the sense of taste or smell.
LEAWOOD, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– In 1920, the Dubinsky Brothers began operations with a single movie screen in Kansas City, Missouri. That single screen would serve as the foundation for what is known today as AMC Entertainment (NYSE: AMC), the largest theatrical exhibitor in the United States, in Europe & the Middle East, and in the world. One hundred years later, as AMC reopens its doors to U.S. moviegoers for the first time in more than five months, AMC is celebrating its history with a throwback to the year it all started by offering “Movies in 2020 at 1920 Prices.” When the first wave of more than 100 AMC theatres reopens on August 20 of 2020, moviegoers can again enjoy the magic of the big screen at 1920 ticket prices. For one day only, on August 20, all tickets at AMC will be priced at 15 cents (plus sales tax).
This is part of a phased plan to reopen AMC in the United States. AMC currently expects to open approximately two thirds of its more than 600 U.S. theatre locations in time for the September 3 release of Warner Bros.’ TENET, following Disney’sAugust 28 release of THE NEW MUTANTS. The remainder of AMC’s U.S. theatres will open only after authorized to do so by state and local officials.
The one-day 15 cent ticketing celebration kicks off several promotions that guests will find as they return to AMC around the country. After August 20, bring-back titles such as the special INCEPTION 10th anniversary event, as well as titles like BLACK PANTHER, BACK TO THE FUTURE, GHOSTBUSTERS, GREASE and STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK will be priced at only $5. AMC is also offering an array of $5 food and beverage treats, including regular popcorn, regular Coca-Cola Freestyle drink and KidsPacks, through the end of October. And all AMC Stubs members will earn double points on all ticket and food & drink purchases through the end of October.
Adam Aron, CEO and President of AMC Theatres, commented: “We are thrilled to once again open our doors to American moviegoers who are looking for an opportunity to get out of their houses and apartments and escape into the magic of the movies. As our guests return on our first day of resumed operations on August 20, we invite them to join us in celebrating a return to the movies, and in celebrating 100 years of AMC making smiles happen with movies at 1920 prices of only 15 cents each.”
In addition to the throwback movie titles that start August 20, guests can enjoy new movie releases almost immediately, which will be available at normal admission prices.
- TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA
- CUT THROAT CITY
- WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS
- INCEPTION 10th anniversary event
- THE NEW MUTANTS
- PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD
- THE KING’S MAN
- WAR WITH GRANDPA
For full title and showtime information, moviegoers should check their theatre’s webpage on amctheatres.com.
AMC SAFE & CLEAN
Upon returning to the movies, AMC guests can expect to experience AMC’s comprehensive health and sanitation program: AMC Safe & Clean, which was developed under advisement of current & former faculty of Harvard University’s prestigious School of Public Health as well as the No. 1 U.S. cleaning brand, The Clorox Company.
AMC Safe & Clean components include significant reductions in the maximum tickets available for each showtime and seat blocking in reserved seating auditoriums to allow for appropriate social distancing between parties, enhanced cleaning procedures that include extra time between showtimes to allow for a full, thorough cleaning and nightly disinfecting utilizing electrostatic sprayers, use of high tech HEPA vacuums, upgraded air filtration efforts including the use of MERV 13 filters wherever possible, new guest and associate safety protocols that include mandatory mask wearing by all guests and associates, hand sanitizing stations throughout the theatre, and the availability to guests of disinfectant wipes. The entire AMC Safe & Clean plan can be found at amctheatres.com/amc-safe-and-clean.
AMC is planning to open more than 100 theatres on August 20, with additional theatres to follow during the next two weeks. As currently planned, the following theatres are set to open on August 20, when guests can enjoy movie tickets for just 15 cents each (plus tax).
AMC THEATRES TO REOPEN AUGUST 20
|Atlanta||Danbury, CT||AMC Elmwood Palace 20|
|AMC Avenue Forsyth 12||AMC Danbury 16||AMC Westbank Palace 16|
|AMC Colonial 18||Denver, CO||Norfolk, VA|
|AMC Parkway Pointe 15||AMC Arapahoe Crossing 16||AMC Hampton 24|
|AMC Phipps Plaza 14||AMC Flatiron Crossing 14||AMC Lynnhaven 18|
|AMC DINE-IN North Point 12||AMC Highlands Ranch 24||Oklahoma City, OK|
|AMC North Dekalb Mall 16||AMC Orchard 12||AMC Penn Square Mall 10|
|AMC Southlake Pavilion 24||AMC Southlands 16||AMC Quail Springs Mall 24|
|AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18||AMC Westminster Promenade 24||Orlando, FL|
|Austin, TX||Harlingen, TX||AMC Altamonte Mall 18|
|AMC Barton Creek 14||AMC Edinburg 18||AMC DINE-IN Disney Springs 24|
|Birmingham, AL||Hartford, CT||AMC West Oaks 14|
|AMC Patton Creek 15||AMC Plainville 20||Philadelphia, PA|
|AMC DINE-IN Vestavia 10||Houston||AMC Center Valley 16|
|Boston, MA||AMC Deerbrook 24||AMC Marple 10|
|AMC Assembly Row 12||AMC First Colony 24||AMC Neshaminy 24|
|AMC Boston Common 19||AMC Fountains 18||AMC Plymouth Meeting 12|
|AMC Braintree 10||AMC Gulf Pointe 30||Pittsburgh, PA|
|AMC Burlington 10||AMC Katy Mills 20||AMC Waterfront 22|
|AMC DINE-IN Framingham 16||AMC Spring 10||Rockford, IL|
|AMC Liberty Tree Mall 20||AMC Studio 30||AMC Rockford 16|
|AMC Methuen 20||AMC Willowbrook 24||Springfield, MO|
|AMC South Bay Center 12||Indianapolis, IN||AMC Springfield 11|
|AMC Tyngsboro 12||AMC Castleton Square 14||St. Louis, MO|
|Chicago||AMC Indianapolis 17||AMC Streets of St. Charles 9|
|AMC Crestwood 18||Jacksonville, FL||Tallahassee, FL|
|AMC Ford City 14||AMC Orange Park 24||AMC Tallahassee 20|
|AMC Hawthorn 12||AMC Regency 24||Tampa, FL|
|AMC Oakbrook Center 12||Kansas City||AMC Highwoods 20|
|AMC Naperville 16||AMC Barrywoods 24||AMC Regency 20|
|AMC DINE-IN Northbrook 14||AMC Independence 20||AMC Veterans Expressway 24|
|AMC DINE-IN 600 North Michigan 9||AMC Studio 28||AMC Westshore Plaza 14|
|AMC River East 21||AMC Town Center 20||AMC Woodlands Square 20|
|AMC Schererville 16||AMC Ward Parkway 14||Tulsa, OK|
|AMC South Barrington 24||Las Vegas, NV||AMC Southroads 20|
|AMC Streets of Woodfield 20||AMC Rainbow Promenade 10||Washington, D.C.|
|AMC Village Crossing 18||AMC Town Square 18||AMC Hoffman 22|
|AMC DINE-IN Yorktown 18||Miami, FL||AMC Potomac Mills 18|
|Cincinnati||AMC DINE-IN Coral Ridge 10||AMC Tysons Corner 16|
|AMC Newport on the Levee 20||AMC Pembroke Lakes 9||Wichita, KS|
|AMC West Chester 18||Minneapolis, MN||AMC Northrock 14|
|Columbus, GA||AMC Coon Rapids 16|
|AMC Columbus 15||AMC Eden Prairie Mall 18|
|Columbus, OH||AMC Inver Grove 16|
|AMC Dublin Village 18||AMC Rosedale 14|
|AMC DINE-IN Easton Town Center 30||AMC Southdale Center 16|
|AMC Lennox 24||Mobile, AL|
|Dallas, TX||AMC Bayou 15|
|AMC Firewheel Town Center||AMC Destin Commons 14|
|AMC DINE-IN Grapevine Mills 30||AMC Mobile 16|
|AMC Irving Mall 14||Nashville, TN|
|AMC DINE-IN Mesquite 30||AMC Stones River 9|
|AMC NorthPark 15||AMC DINE-IN Thoroughbred 20|
|AMC Parks at Arlington 18||New Orleans, LA|
|AMC DINE-IN Stonebriar 24||AMC Clearview Palace 12|
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