Covid-19: Alamo, AMC, Angelika, Cinemark, Landmark, Regal Theaters & Studio Movie Grill close

Covid-19: Alamo, AMC, Angelika, Cinemark, Landmark, Regal Theaters & Studio Movie Grill close

With the increasingly strict regulations being put forth by cities in the United States as the result of the Coronavirus scare, several movie theater chains are closing or in rare cases offering VERY limited seating until things change or improve. We knew this was coming, or at least knew it was inevitable, especially when several major cities were prohibiting public gathering of more than 50 people (in some cases even less), and theaters already seeing a major financial hit with many people quarantining at home, as recommended. Alamo Drafthouse, AMC Theaters, Cinemark Theaters, Landmark Theaters, Regal Cinemas and Studio Movie Grill have announced officially they will cease ticket sales and close locations as a result of these city regulations. This is also happening as major movie studios are announcing opportunities to see first run releases at home using On Demand services. As an avid moviegoer, this is a sad day for me and an article I hate writing, but we’re all having to ride this out until things get better. See information below on the various chains closing, and SMG’s plans.

Alamo Drafthouse – “SORRY, WE’RE CLOSED. We are deeply saddened to announce that all Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations are now closed until further notice. All shows have been canceled, and all tickets will be refunded.
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AMC Theaters – “All AMC Stubs A-List member accounts have been automatically paused while our theatres remain temporarily closed. In the meantime, select from thousands of movies, ready to stream now with AMC Theatres On Demand.”

Angelika Film Center – “In light of the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, in line with the direction, regulations and recommendations of federal, state and local government authorities, we are temporarily closing to the public until further notice, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 12:00pm PST. The health and well-being of our guests and our theater teams is our top priority, and we believe that this step will be the most effective way to both retain that priority and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. If you have purchased advance tickets on our Angelika website or mobile app for a movie that will be impacted by our closure period, you will receive a refund for both the cost of your ticket and the online service fee. If you purchased via any third-party platform, including Fandango, refunds will be processed by that third party.”

Cinemark Theaters – To prioritize the health and safety of our guests, employees and communities, Cinemark has made the incredibly difficult decision to temporarily close our U.S. theatres, beginning tomorrow, March 18. Check cinemark.com for updates, and we look forward to welcoming you to the movies again soon.

Landmark Theaters – “All Landmark Theatres are temporarily closed beginning tonight, March 16. This decision allows our staff to remain at home during this critical time. We will be constantly re-evaluating the best way forward at all of our locations. Thank you for your loyalty.”

Regal Cinemas – “Regal announces closure of all theatre locations starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, as a precaution amid the current circumstances. All theatres will remain closed until further notice.”

UPDATE: As of March 18, 2020, all Studio Movie Grill locations will be closing at well. We previously reported they would stay open with limited seating, but that has changed.

Studio Movie Grill – The safety of our team and our guests is our #1 priority. These SMG locations are temporarily closed in consideration of government mandates and in partnership with local authorities. Please expect modifications to other SMG locations including temporary closures and/or adjusted hours of operation.

SMG Chatham, Chicago, IL
SMG City Centre, Houston, TX
SMG Colleyville, TX
SMG College Park, Indianapolis, IN
SMG Copperfield, Houston, TX
SMG Downey, CA
SMG Glendale, CA
SMG Hampton, VA
SMG Holcomb, Alpharetta, GA
SMG Lewisville, TX
SMG Monrovia, CA
SMG Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX
SMG Pearland, TX
SMG Plano, TX (new)
SMG Prosperity Village, Charlotte, NC
SMG Royal Lane, Dallas, TX
SMG Redlands, CA (new)
SMG Scottsdale, AZ
SMG Simi Valley, CA (new)
SMG Spring Valley, Dallas, TX
SMG Upper Darby, PA
SMG Wheaton, IL

Until this virus has been contained and quarantine measures have been lifted, expect ALL movie theaters to remain closed for the time being.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.