AMC Theatres has announced that many of its U.S. locations will be opening to moviegoers starting Aug. 20, with the first phase including more than 100 theaters.
The reopening will continue over the next weeks, with about two-thirds of AMC’s theaters across the country expected to open no later than Sept. 3. The remaining locations will open after AMC is told by state and local authorities that it is safe to do so.
With the reopening of its theaters, AMC will have the following protocols in place to keep everyone safe and the theaters clean:
- Social distancing will be observed throughout the theaters
- Seating will be significantly limited in auditoriums for guests’ added space
- All guests and employees must wear masks
- Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be widely available throughout theaters
- Continuous extra cleaning and disinfecting will take place in high-traffic areas
- Extra time will be added between showtimes to clean each auditorium before every screening
- Each auditorium and all seats will be cleaned daily using electrostatic sprayers
- Fresh air handling will be increased and upgraded MERV 13 air filters will be used wherever possible
- High-tech HEPA vacuums will be used
- Cash handling will be reduced at box offices and concession stands
- Online Mobile Ordering of food and beverage will be introduced
AMC Theatres will be among the first to screen new films, including Russell Crowe’s “Unhinged” on Aug. 21, 20th Century Studios’ “The New Mutants” on Aug. 28, and Warner Bros. “Tenet” on Sept. 3. More new films will be released throughout September and continuing into the fall. Also starting on Aug. 21 and leading up to the release of “Tenet” will be screenings of a special 10th Anniversary edition of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” which includes a special message from Nolan and a sneak preview of “Tenet.”
Library titles will also be screened, including:
- “Back to the Future”
- “Beauty and the Beast”
- “Black Panther”
- “The Goonies”
- “I Still Believe”
- “Jumanji: The Next Level”
- “Sonic the Hedgehog”
- “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”
To celebrate its reopening on Aug. 20, the theater chain will offer “Movies in 2020 at 1920 Prices”—15 cents (plus sales tax) per movie to guests—just for one day. After that, starting Aug. 21, classic movies will all be priced at $5 per ticket plus tax. New releases will be offered at normal, current-day prices. Many $5 food and beverage specials will also be offered.
“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,” said Adam Aron, CEO and president of AMC Theatres.
In Orlando, Fla. specifically, the following theaters will reopen on Aug. 20:
- AMC Altamonte Mall 18
- AMC Dine-In Disney Springs 24
- AMC West Oaks 14
To see if your local AMC is among those reopening, visit AMCTheatres.com.