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NEW YORK (AP) — AMC Theatres, the nation’s largest movie theater chain, will reopen in the U.S. on Aug. 20 with retro ticket prices of 15 cents per movie.

AMC Entertainment, which owns the chain, said Thursday that it expects to open the doors to more than 100 cinemas — or about a sixth of its nationwide locations — on Aug. 20 with throwback pricing for a day.

AMC theaters have reopened in numerous international countries but have remained shuttered in the U.S. since March. The chain touted the reopening as “Movies in 2020 at 1920 Prices.”

After several false starts due to a summer rise in coronavirus cases throughout much of the U.S., widespread moviegoing is currently set to resume in late August. Regal Cinemas, the second largest chain, is to reopen some U.S. locations on Aug. 21.

During its opening-day promotion, AMC will show catalog films, including “Ghostbusters,” “Black Panther,” “Back to the Future” and “Grease.” Those older films will continue to play afterward for $5.

AMC confirmed that Disney’s much-delayed “New Mutants” will debut in theaters Aug. 28, with Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” to follow Sept. 3. Warner Bros. is planning to release “Tenet” a week earlier internationally, including in Canada. A handful of smaller new releases are also planned for late August, including “Unhinged,” a thriller from Solstice Studios with Russell Crowe; and Armando Iannucci’s “Personal History of David Copperfield,” from Disney’s Fox Searchlight.

AMC said Thursday is expects about two thirds of its theaters will be open in time for “Tenet.” Several states, including California and New York, are yet to allow movie theaters to reopen.

AMC and other chains have said they will operate at reduced capacity to facilitate social distancing, along with increased theater cleaning and required mask wearing.

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I think I'll skip this for the time being.

I've preferred seeing movies on the big screen in recent years, especially with the stadium seating and some barriers between rows in the back.
Sure there was always the couple of assholes who talked and texted. They always sat right next to me regardless if I bought my tickets way in advance, or at the last minute. I am a jagoff magnet I guess. lol

My wife is a Saint for waking up early for matinee discounts, free refills on gallons of soda and popcorn for breakfast. We belonged to AMC and would earn points for free refreshments.

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I think that movie theaters are going to have a very tough go of it for the future...

1) COVID concerns - given that restaurant indoor dining and bars have been blamed for outbreaks, I suspect that many people aren't going to risk being indoors in a crowded environment

2) Outdoor / drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback due to COVID - Walmart is even converting some of its parking lots into makeshift drive-in theaters for the summer.

3) Streaming services (such as Disney+) are foregoing theater releases and instead are offering new releases via their streaming services. For example, the much anticipated live-action Mulan film will be streamed for Disney+ subscribers for an additional fee. If this is a success, expect more films to be released this way. In recent years, Netflix has also been streaming its movies at the same time that they have been in theatrical release.

4) Television / home furniture technology is getting better and bigger

A couple years ago, I was a big fan of going to the movies when I had a Moviepass subscription with its $9.99 per month for unlimited movies plan. As expected, Moviepass hemorrhaged money and shut it down in less than a year. The comfy power recliners and the big screen experience was nice but I didn't think that it was worth the typical $15 per movie price tag. Given that Netflix is $15 per month, the Moviepass $9.99 per month fee seemed reasonable. Too bad it collapsed.


After Moviepass went under, I splurged and bought a power recliner for my man cave. My weekly grocery list now includes Jiffy Pop and an assortment of my favorite candies and soda. Between Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and the number of Redbox vending machines in my area, I am willing to forego the movie theater.


The only demographic that I think could save the movie theaters is teenagers without cars. They need a private place to go to on dates where they won't be monitored by their parents.

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Wouldn't go to a movie theater even if you paid me to.

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3) Streaming services (such as Disney+) are foregoing theater releases and instead are offering new releases via their streaming services. For example, the much anticipated live-action Mulan film will be streamed for Disney+ subscribers for an additional fee.They want $29.99 to see that here.
FUCK. THAT.
If that's the price that's gonna be standard until the theaters are back to normal viewing...wow

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I have an AMC 1 mile from my house. I still probably won't go. To be honest...I double up at work on Masks for my shift. I'll do short spurts for them at the grocery store or something retail...but I"m just not interested in putting one on for 2 hrs to sit in a theatre..especially if I'm trying to eat popcorn and drink every minute. Even before this hit I was probably only going to the movies once or twice a year.

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khawk wrote: Big Garea Fan wrote:
3) Streaming services (such as Disney+) are foregoing theater releases and instead are offering new releases via their streaming services. For example, the much anticipated live-action Mulan film will be streamed for Disney+ subscribers for an additional fee.They want $29.99 to see that here.
FUCK. THAT.
If that's the price that's gonna be standard until the theaters are back to normal viewing...wow

True. But that price is per viewing - not per person viewing:
If you are a family of four, it works out to $7.50 per person (that's about 1/2 price compared to a regular movie theater ticket).

If you are viewing with another person ("date night"), then it works out to $15 per person (about the usual movie theater ticket).

Plus there are other "perks" to watching it via streaming at home such as being able to pause/rewind/etc., cheaper concessions, and watching on your schedule - not the movie theater's schedule.

Personally, I will wait until it goes to Redbox. But if someone is the "gotta see it as soon as it is released"-type person, then the Disney+ offering might be a good deal for them.

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Big Garea Fan wrote: khawk wrote: Big Garea Fan wrote:
3) Streaming services (such as Disney+) are foregoing theater releases and instead are offering new releases via their streaming services. For example, the much anticipated live-action Mulan film will be streamed for Disney+ subscribers for an additional fee.They want $29.99 to see that here.
FUCK. THAT.
If that's the price that's gonna be standard until the theaters are back to normal viewing...wow

True. But that price is per viewing - not per person viewing:
If you are a family of four, it works out to $7.50 per person (that's about 1/2 price compared to a regular movie theater ticket).

If you are viewing with another person ("date night"), then it works out to $15 per person (about the usual movie theater ticket).

Plus there are other "perks" to watching it via streaming at home such as being able to pause/rewind/etc., cheaper concessions, and watching on your schedule - not the movie theater's schedule.

Personally, I will wait until it goes to Redbox. But if someone is the "gotta see it as soon as it is released"-type person, then the Disney+ offering might be a good deal for them.
I get that, and it makes sense, but throwing a 30 dollar price tag on someone that is already paying a sub fee for the service it’s on strikes me wrong on another level.
One of the non perks is that taking the family to see things in the theatre seems to make everyone pay better attention than having a movie night at home...because your at home and there’s other stuff to turn to instead of trying to follow along.
Anyways I hope that this stuff can get back to the theatres sooner than later. 

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...wait...you said 7.50 a person is half the price of a regular ticket at the theatre?
You’re paying 15 bucks a ticket to see a movie?

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khawk wrote: ...wait...you said 7.50 a person is half the price of a regular ticket at the theatre?
You’re paying 15 bucks a ticket to see a movie?

Often I’m paying closer to $20. I rarely go the theater anymore but the big Marvel and Star Wars movies in 3D in Manhattan will run you $18-$22.  Those are basically the only ones i feel compelled to see on the big screen.  You can probably see others for closer to $10-$12. 

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Wow.

Regular ticket adult price here is just over ten and change.
We aren’t a big city by any stretch, maybe that’s the difference.

Also $22 American = 29 Canadian $ right now. At those prices I feel bad if you see a real dud.

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khawk wrote: Wow.

Regular ticket adult price here is just over ten and change.
We aren’t a big city by any stretch, maybe that’s the difference.

Also $22 American = 29 Canadian $ right now. At those prices I feel bad if you see a real dud.

When I was in my early 20s I used to go to the movies on a weekly basis and we used to see anything opening that weekend that seemed interesting. Or we’d show up at 9pm and just see what was starting in the next 5 minutes. I saw some awful movies like “Solo” starring Mario Can Peebles that way. It was like $6 even on a Saturday night, $4 for a matinee in our theater in Queens. So we didn’t care. I can’t even imagine going to a movie just for the hell of it these days. Now I’m down to about 2 movies a year that are huge blockbusters and I feel must be seen on the big screen and that I want to avoid spoilers on. But I go right after work, in midtown Manhattan, and they’re usually IMAX 3-D (because that’s usually all that’s offered).  I know a friend of mine says he goes to a theater in a Brooklyn sometimes that still does $5 matinees. Normal price for non-3D is probably closer to $12 throughout much of the city. 

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khawk wrote: Wow.

Regular ticket adult price here is just over ten and change.
We aren’t a big city by any stretch, maybe that’s the difference.

Also $22 American = 29 Canadian $ right now. At those prices I feel bad if you see a real dud.

$15 per adult in Winnipeg plus $100 for popcorn and a drink.

Theaters aren't  even open in the city yet but it's been years , since Debra was alive that I was even in a theater. Ivana  and I are more than content sitting at home watching movies. 

Don't agree with the extra 29.99 per viewing either but they are doing it because they know people will spend it. Not this guy. 



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Gil Wilcox wrote: I think I'll skip this for the time being.

I've preferred seeing movies on the big screen in recent years, especially with the stadium seating and some barriers between rows in the back.
Sure there was always the couple of assholes who talked and texted. They always sat right next to me regardless if I bought my tickets way in advance, or at the last minute. I am a jagoff magnet I guess. lol

My wife is a Saint for waking up early for matinee discounts, free refills on gallons of soda and popcorn for breakfast. We belonged to AMC and would earn points for free refreshments.

I think the most enjoyable theater experience I've had in the past ten years was last year, over my son's spring break.  He was supposed to get some extra credit for his class if we went to see "Penguins" and then he wrote a paper on it.   Went to our local 8-screen old timey theater in town, matinee on a weekday, we were literally the only two people in that screening.   So awesome.



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srossi wrote: khawk wrote: Wow.

Regular ticket adult price here is just over ten and change.
We aren’t a big city by any stretch, maybe that’s the difference.

Also $22 American = 29 Canadian $ right now. At those prices I feel bad if you see a real dud.

When I was in my early 20s I used to go to the movies on a weekly basis and we used to see anything opening that weekend that seemed interesting. Or we’d show up at 9pm and just see what was starting in the next 5 minutes. I saw some awful movies like “Solo” starring Mario Can Peebles that way. It was like $6 even on a Saturday night, $4 for a matinee in our theater in Queens. So we didn’t care. I can’t even imagine going to a movie just for the hell of it these days. Now I’m down to about 2 movies a year that are huge blockbusters and I feel must be seen on the big screen and that I want to avoid spoilers on. But I go right after work, in midtown Manhattan, and they’re usually IMAX 3-D (because that’s usually all that’s offered).  I know a friend of mine says he goes to a theater in a Brooklyn sometimes that still does $5 matinees. Normal price for non-3D is probably closer to $12 throughout much of the city. 

Man, I remember doing that back in the early or mid 90s on Christmas Break or Spring Break from school.  Just go to the theater and hang out all night.  Watch two or three movies in a row.  I think it was 1993 or 1994, one night I watched Shadowlands (kind of a tearjerker) then moved over to The Air Up There (Kevin Bacon trying to recruit a kid from Africa to play hoops) and then moved over to Tombstone. Good times.



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