Coronavirus Cinemas open in New York after a break of almost a year – Finnkino’s parent company AMC’s share immediately went up

New York is the second largest film market in the United States. The largest is Los Angeles, where movie theaters are still closed.

23.2. 14:26

New York the city plans to open movie theaters for a limited number of audiences next week, the state governor said Andew Cuomo on Monday.

One movie can be watched by up to 50 people at a time and everyone must wear respirators. In addition, theaters must provide safety clearances for the public. Viewers are not required to take a virus test.

The theaters are scheduled to open their doors as early as next week, March 5th. For example, the largest cinema chain in the United States, AMC, announced that 13 of its cinemas plan to open at that time, according to news agency AFP.

Cinemas has had to be in New York for almost a year, says AFP.

According to The New York Times in the past, cinemas elsewhere in the state have been allowed to open with similar restrictions, but in New York, theaters remained closed due to fears that the city’s population density would accelerate the spread of the virus.

New York is the second largest film market in the United States. The largest is Los Angeles, where movie theaters are still closed.

“The Governor’s announcement is an important step towards restoring the health of the cinema industry and our company,” AMC Director Adam Aron commented in the bulletin.

AMC not only is the largest movie theater chain in the United States, it is the largest in the world. It is also the parent company of Finnkino, Finland’s largest cinema chain.

AMC share went up immediately after the news.

Opening theaters are required to improve ventilation. AMC says it has already introduced a filtration system developed at Harvadr in August, which has so far seemed to work well.

The New York Times according to the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the situation in the film industry. For example, Regal Cinemas, the second largest movie chain in the United States, temporarily closed its theaters in October after Hollywood studios constantly postponed their premieres.

At the same time, the audience was also afraid to go to the movies.

Several other restrictions have been eased in New York in recent weeks as the increase in the number of infections has slowed. For example, sports stadiums have been allowed to operate at a capacity of 10% compared to normal since this week.

Basketball clubs in the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are scheduled to play in front of 2,000 spectators next Tuesday at their home stadiums in Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center.

At the same time, however, Broadway is closed. Even if it were possible for theaters to open to a smaller number of spectators, it is considered likely that most theaters would still remain closed. This is because performing for a smaller audience is not profitable.


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