Coronavirus: AMC Closes All Theaters Nationwide

March 16, 2020–AMC announced on Monday that it will close all theaters nationwide for six to 12 weeks in response to the pandemic.

The decision came as governors of a dozen states announced closures of movie theaters on Sunday and Monday, and as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued strict guidelines limiting public gatherings.

AMC, the nation’s largest theater circuit, had sought to remain open by limiting theaters to 50% capacity. But on Monday, the CDC cut the recommended limit on gatherings to just 10 people.

“We are ever so disappointed for our moviegoing guests and for our employee teams that the new CDC guidelines that Americans should not gather in groups larger than 10 people make it impossible to open our theatres,” CEO Adam Aron said in a statement. “Still, the health and wellbeing of AMC guests and employees, and of all Americans, takes precedence above all else. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and look forward to the day we can again delight moviegoers nationwide by reopening AMC movie theatres in accordance with guidance from the CDC and local health authorities.”