By Ann Frances –
Regal Cinemas, the second-largest movie theater chain in the U.S., on Oct. 5 confirmed the temporary closure of its theaters throughout the country, the result of lost revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. Seven of the more than 500 theaters nationwide, however, will remain open, including the Irvine Spectrum Center location, says the company’s parent Cineworld.
“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 theatres 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. We are especially grateful for and proud of the hard work our employees put in to adapt our theatres to the new protocols and cannot underscore enough how difficult this decision was,” said Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld.
The theater chain announced closures when the shut-down orders were levied. Then, on July 31 and again on Aug. 21 (after another brief shutdown) the chain opened its doors again, hoping for the best, even with the county’s inability to move out of the lower tiers of the state’s COVID-19 tier system.
According to the Irvine Spectrum Center website, the Regal Cinema now boasts a new “luxury wing,” with eight ScreenX, 4DX, IMAX and RPX theaters. The theaters all feature king-sized recliners, an enhanced menu and seat reservations.
Cineworld also owns 128 theaters in the U.K. Between the U.S. and U.K. locations some 45,000 jobs are at risk due to the closure, which the company reports as temporary.
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