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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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Blazer wrote: 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.
I remember when I was younger than what I wrote about above, maybe 10-11, it would be a given that you pay your money for one movie and then just stay and watch 2 or 3. There was zero security, no one ever checked a ticket. I didn’t have the balls to sneak into the building like some of my friends (not very hard to do), but once I was in it was just assumed that you could watch as many as you wanted. My parents were as straight-laced as could be and even they did this with me at least once.  My mom took me to a kids’ movie and then we stayed to watch “Vacation”. I don’t remember being this young but looking it up I had to be 6. Which brings to mind the R rated issue. Around the time I turned 15 I ran into culture shock as the theater started checking tickets and even carding out of nowhere. I remember being completely incredulous the first time someone told me I couldn’t go into an R-rated movie. I had strolled up to the ticket window with my friends and bought tickets to R rated movies all my life without ever thinking twice. I literally thought a rating was a guide but not any kind of restriction. Kids today will never know what any of this is like. 

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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?
Yep - at least at the Cinemark here in the Maryland/DC area that we used to go to that had stadium seating, power recliners, etc. The price would be even higher if you want the premium options such as moving seats (can't remember what it is called, I think D-Box?), 3D, IMAX, etc. The best time to go to the Cinemark I think was Wednesdays when they had 1/2 price tickets all day ($7.50).


The price at the AMC may have been a couple bucks cheaper ($12-13) but that theater was dumpier, non-reclining seats, etc. Since the theaters in my area are closed due to COVID, I can't look up the prices but I think that I am remembering correctly.


The ridiculous prices are a big reason why I don't go to the theater anymore. I just wait a couple months and then Redbox it. I suspect that theaters will up their prices even more after they reopen to try and recoup some revenue that they lost during COVID.




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A regional chain with about a dozen theaters in Minnesota, the same amount in Michigan, and one each in Wisconsin and Illinois has been open since May or June, whenever they were legally allowed to do so. They haven't had much in the way of new movies or newish movies other than a few minor releases and some stuff that was in theaters in March when the shutdown happened. Mostly they have shown classic stuff like Ghostbusters, Goonies, Back to the Future, the Harry Potter series, the Star Wars movies, the Lord of the Rings series, various Pixar films, and other longtime favorites. The Wizard of Oz is playing now at some of the locations. Ticket prices have been reduced to reflect the fact that these are movies anyone can watch at home.

I saw the "The Fast and The Furious" there a couple of weeks ago. Apart from the fact that not many people are going to the movies, they kill a lot of seats in order to space out the moviegoers and have staff in masks and gloves doing a pretty meticulous job of keeping the place clean. So far no known Covid-19 outbreaks have taken place in or been related to any of the theaters. I felt at ease and would have no problem going back to see something else some night or on a bad weather weekend afternoon.

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AMC is re-releasing "42" in honor of Chadwick Boseman with $5 tickets wherever theaters are open.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/05/ceo-of-regal-cinemas-owner-on-closing-movie-theaters-during-pandemic.html

Regal Cinemas closing all U.S. theaters because it really needs the blockbusters, CEO says
Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger told CNBC on Monday the theater chain made the decision to close its U.S. and U.K. locations because there are not enough blockbuster movies being released to attract attendees during the pandemic.


“We are now like a kind of a grocery shop that have no food to sell,” Greidinger said on “Squawk Alley.”


The parent of Regal Cinemas will temporarily shutter its more than 500 U.S. theaters Thursday, as well as its 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse locations in the U.K. Greidinger did not say when the locations will reopen, but right now, he said, “It’s better for us to wait.”


“Might be a month, might be two months, until the ... Covid-19 situation will be clearer. Maybe there will already be a vaccination,” he said. “It might take another month, but at the end of the day, we must have a clear lineup of movies before we reopen.”


Cineworld’s decision comes days after the release of the newest James Bond movie was again pushed back, this time to April 2021. It had initially been scheduled to debut in April of this year before the coronavirus pandemic upended the entertainment industry, leading to theater closures, production shutdowns and a host of release delays.


Shares of Cineworld, which trade on the London Stock Exchange, were down more than 30% Monday. The decision by the world’s second-largest theater chain put pressure on the stock of its chief rival, AMC Entertainment, which saw its shares fall by about 10% intraday.


The James Bond film delay was not the only reason Cineworld decided to roll back its reopening in the U.S. and U.K., Greidinger said. One factor weighing on the entire movie industry — from the studios to the theater operators — are the operating restrictions in New York state and California, he said.


In California, whether theaters can be open for indoor showings depends on the severity of coronavirus transmission on a county-by-county basis. As of Monday, indoor movies are not allowed in Los Angeles County, home to Hollywood. 
In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sept. 16 the state would continue to keep theaters and concert venues closed, citing concerns of an uptick in Covid-19 cases, according to the Albany Business Review.


New York and California are the two biggest movie markets in the U.S., Greidinger said. He added he doesn’t really blame the studios for waiting to release blockbuster films with those markets entirely, or even partially, closed.

The challenge facing movie theater operators in the U.S. right now is a “classic” the-chicken-or-the-egg scenario, Greidinger said. “But here, the chicken and the egg have one trigger, and we need to have back the big states that are still not open,” he said, wondering why New York has allowed partial indoor dining but not movie theaters. 
Greidinger contended there has been strong attendance in some European markets where big movies were released, such as in Poland and Hungary. In August, he told CNBC there was initially strong demand — relatively speaking, due to capacity restrictions — when U.S. theaters reopened.


“People really missed the cinemas and wanted to go back into the big screen,” the chief executive said Aug. 27.


On Monday, however, Greidinger stressed the difficulty of attracting people to the theater without a blockbuster film on the marquee. “The oldies are nice,” he said. But “we need to have back the big movies and the new movies.”

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Things are looking worse for theaters. "Wonder Woman 1984" will debut in theaters and HBO Max on Christmas Day. This is similar to the strategy that Netflix has used for airing its releases via its streaming service while also showing the releases in theaters so that they will qualify for Oscar consideration.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/wonder-woman-1984-release-date-christmas-theaters-hbo-max-011403739.html
One of 2020’s most anticipated, longest-delayed movies has settled on a final release date — but the bigger shock is where it will open rather then when.


Warner Bros. made the stunning announcement Wednesday that Wonder Woman 1984, perhaps its biggest tentpole, will open this year on Christmas Day simultaneously in both theaters and on the new streaming service HBO Max.


The follow-up to the 2017 mega-hit Wonder Woman will debut theatrically in certain international markets Dec. 16. (HBO Max is not available worldwide.)


“As we navigate these unprecedented times, we’ve had to be innovative in keeping our businesses moving forward while continuing to super-serve our fans,” WarnerMedia CEO Ann Sarnoff said in a statement. “This is an amazing film that really comes to life on the big screen and, working with our partners in the exhibition community, we will provide that option to consumers in the U.S. where theaters are open. We realize that a lot of consumers can’t go back to the movies due to the pandemic, so we also want to give them the option to see Wonder Woman 1984 via our HBO Max platform.”


“We appreciate how patient audiences have been and given the great anticipation around Wonder Woman 1984 we are grateful to be able to make this terrifically entertaining movie widely available in these challenging times,” added Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich.


Star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins both shared social media posts encouraging fans to watch the movie in theaters and at home.


Originally slated for last fall, Wonder Woman 1984 was then scheduled to open June 5 — right in the thick of summer blockbuster season in non-pandemic years — before theaters began shutting down around the country amid the coronavirus in March, shifting countless release dates.


The Warner Bros. announcement is especially surprising given how determined the studio was to release its other most highly anticipated release of 2020, Christopher Nolan’s mind-bender Tenet, exclusively in theaters in August (internationally) and September (stateside).


However, Tenet grossed only $353 million worldwide, well short of past Nolan original offerings like Dunkirk ($526 million), Interstellar ($696 million) and Inception ($836 million). Tenet’s much-publicized box office shortcomings likely played a major part in the studio’s decisions.


Still, most fans and pundits believed Wonder Woman 1984 would follow other superhero offerings like Black Widow (May 7, 2021) and Eternals (Nov. 5, 2021) and release later next year under the hopeful assumption that theaters will be back to standing operating procedure. The move is another crushing blow for an exhibition industry in dire financial straits as a result of coronavirus closings, while giving Warner’s fledging streaming service a shot in the arm.


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Heres what I have to say about it. Fuckem. The cocksuckers have charged $5 for drinks and $10 bucks for popcorn for way too long. A $1 box of Whoppers goes for $10 bux at the theatres. Kids wont experience walking through spilled cokes and vomit in the floor but fuckem. Ive aged out of the demographic. Fuck movie theatres. Fuck people who wanna go to the movies.

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Portalesman wrote: Heres what I have to say about it. Fuckem. The cocksuckers have charged $5 for drinks and $10 bucks for popcorn for way too long. A $1 box of Whoppers goes for $10 bux at the theatres. Kids wont experience walking through spilled cokes and vomit in the floor but fuckem. Ive aged out of the demographic. Fuck movie theatres. Fuck people who wanna go to the movies.
You keep telling yourself that the only sticky stuff you were stepping on in movie theaters was spilled Cokes. 

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The "movie theatre" as we know it is dead. Most people have access to streaming. No reason to leave the house and pay 10 bucks for popcorn. It won't be long till a typical major metro area will have maybe 3-4 IMAX theatres to show "blockbusters" (Star Wars and Marvel universes, etc) and that's it.



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