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AMC Theatres, the largest movie theater circuit in the U.S., said Thursday that it would postpone the reopening of its domestic cinemas from the end of July to “mid to late” August due to the continued coronavirus pandemic.
“This new timing reflects currently expected release dates for much anticipated blockbusters like Warner Bros.’ Tenet and Disney’s Mulan, as well as release dates for several other new movies coming to AMC’s big screens,” the company said in a statement as it tied the relaunch of its U.S. circuit to available studio product.
AMC has already reopened around one third of its screens in Europe and the Middle East.
The Hollywood studios’ release schedule has been thrown into disarray again by a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, pushing back such tentpoles as Disney’s Mulan and Warner Bros.’ Tenet.
AMC had previously planned to open the majority of its locations on July 15, followed by a remaining 150 locations by July 24, but then delayed the reopening of a majority of venues to the end of July, with the rest following in early August.
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