Movie Theaters

AMC movie theaters delay reopening — again – New York Post

July 23, 2020 | 1:37pm

AMC, the world’s largest movie theater chain, is delaying its reopening yet again as Hollywood studios push back the release of their planned summer blockbusters.

The company said Thursday that it won’t resume ticket sales at its US theaters until “mid-to-late August” due to the fact that there are no new movies to show. AMC had been planning on a phased reopening kicking off July 15 with the hope of being fully operational by July 24, but pushed back the plan July 30 late last month.

The latest delay comes just days after Warner Bros. indefinitely postponed the release of its big-budget spy film, “Tenet,” which had been slated to hit theaters on August 12. Warner Bros. cited spikes in coronavirus cases across the US for the move.

“This new timing reflects currently expected release dates for much anticipated blockbusters like Warner Bros.’ ‘Tenet’ and Disney’s ‘Mulan,’ as well as release dates for several other new movies,” the company in a statement.

Disney’s “Mulan,” the next blockbuster on the calendar, is slated for the big screen on August 21. Disney is also expected to delay release of the live-action reboot of the 1998 animated classic, which could force theaters, shuttered since mid-March, to remain closed for the entirety of the summer blockbuster season.

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Megan Movie

Megan Fox and MGK Back to Work on Movie Set Where They First Met – TMZ

Megan Fox & MGK
Back On Love Island
… Biz & Pleasure in P.R.

7/18/2020 12:50 AM PT


Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly are going back to work on the Puerto Rican movie set where they first met … and set in motion her split from Brian Austin Green.

Megan and MGK arrived Thursday in San Juan after flying in together from the mainland, ready to get back to business on the set of their upcoming movie, “Midnight in the Switchgrass.”


As you can see, Megan and MGK are still super close and lovey-dovey as their relationship continues to bud … and now they’re back where it all began.

They met during filming, way back in March, and then started spending a whole lotta time together when the coronavirus pandemic brought production to a grinding halt.

Megan split from her ‘90210’ star hubby after getting chummy with MGK on the Caribbean island and they’ve been pretty much inseparable ever since … going on fancy dates, making music videos, traveling the country, sleeping over and having fun in Palm Springs.

MGK and Megan are putting a 2020 twist on the old adage … couples who work together, play together and quarantine together, apparently stay together.

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California Movie

California to let movie theaters to reopen in most counties – Los Angeles Times

California counties that have been allowed to accelerate their reopening of their economy, including Los Angeles County, could decide to reopen movie theaters as early as Friday, according to new state guidelines released Monday.

Each local health officer has the authority to decide whether to move forward with relaxing restrictions on reopening theaters. While the state provides guidance on how businesses can reopen, counties decide when they occur.

The new rules would limit the number of guests in a movie theater to 25% of theater capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.

Also, theaters would need to implement a reservation system to limit the number of attendees entering the theater at a time when possible. “Designate arrival times as part of reservations, if possible so that customers arrive at and enter the theater in staggered groups,” the state’s rules say.

To keep guests six feet away from others, theaters are to close or otherwise remove seats from use, which may require seating every other row or blocking off seats in a checkerboard style, in which no one is sitting directly behind other patrons.

The rules would ask patrons to wear face coverings when not eating or drinking. Staff would need to be available to help usher people before the show begins and at its conclusion to reduce crowding when entering or exiting.

The guidelines also suggest using disposable or washable seat covers in theaters, “particularly on porous surfaces that are difficult to properly clean. Discard and replace seat covers between each use,” the guidelines say.

Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura are among 51 California counties that will be given the option by the state to allow movie theaters to reopen.

All but seven of California’s 58 counties have filed attestation paperwork to reopen their economies at an accelerated pace. Six of the counties that have not done so are in the San Francisco Bay Area — Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara — and the seventh is Imperial County east of San Diego, which is facing a bad outbreak.

The rules would also allow other family entertainment center operators, such as bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades to reopen.

Last week, state officials released suggested industry guidance for fitness facilities that could allow gyms to open up in much of California as early as this Friday.

Suggested rules include spacing equipment at least six feet apart, with greater distance for treadmills and other high-exertion aerobic fitness equipment, considering suspending childcare service and food service, and limiting capacity by enacting a reservation system.

Under the guidelines, personal trainers must use face coverings and avoid close contact, and patrons are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering too. Group exercise classes would need to be limited to keep six feet of distance between people, and the guidelines suggest moving the classes outdoors or larger spaces such as a full-sized basketball court.

Saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs should remain closed, the guidance says.

Lin reported from San Francisco, Willon from Sacramento.

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Drive-in Movie

Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback thanks to the coronavirus – WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro


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Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback. 

The outdoor venues have been popping up all over the country in recent weeks. 

Local small business owners have been reopening old drive-ins or building makeshift theaters in parking lots. 

Food truck vendors have been selling burgers, hot dogs and more at some of the drive-ins as well. 

One outdoor theater in New York reportedly sold out in three minutes after posting the tickets online. 

Most of the venues are showing previously released family friendly movies. 

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Movie Texas

Some Texas movie theaters reopen with “airport security-style check-in” – CBS News

Some Texas businesses, including restaurants, malls and movie theaters, began to reopen Friday in response to Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to let the state’s stay-at-home order expire. Major theater chains have remained closed, but some smaller theaters have chosen to reopen — with heightened security measures in place. 

EVO Entertainment CEO Mitchell Roberts told Variety that it plans to reopen two of its theaters with “airport security-style check-in” on Monday. He said the company’s “focus is on earning that customer confidence back.”

The open EVO theaters will allow guests to enter through a cordoned area and will be asked if anyone in their household has had flu symptoms in the last two weeks, Roberts told Variety. Guests will also be subject to an infrared temperature screening, and anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees will be turned away.

Under an executive order signed by Abbott on April 28, businesses are encouraged to follow the “minimum standard health protocols” recommended by Texas’ Health Department, including social distancing. 

“Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings, but no jurisdiction can impose a civil or criminal penalty for failure to wear a face covering,” the order reads. 

Texas theaters are allowed to “operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of any individual theater for any screening,” according to Abbott’s order. If the state sees two weeks of data without any COVID-19 flare-ups, businesses will be allowed to increase that capacity to 50%. 

New data from Austin research firm Kickstand Communications shows that, while people may return to stores, the same may not be true of movie theaters, CBS Austin reports. According to Kickstand, 15% of Austin residents said they plan to immediately return to shopping at standalone retail stores, and 87% said they’ll return within the month. But only 10% said they would immediately return to movie theaters and malls, and just over 60% of Austinites said they are planning to go back within the month.

Santikos Entertainment, a movie theater chain based in San Antonio, has reopened three of its nine locations at 25% capacity, Variety reports. 

For those who are ready to get out of the house… WE’RE BACK! Come visit us and safely enjoy a movie and hot fresh popcorn! ?

— Santikos Entertainment (@MySantikos) May 2, 2020

“We do not take these responsibilities lightly,” the company’s CEO said in a message posted to its website. “We have been working diligently on safety protocols that will make Santikos a model, not just for theaters, but for all businesses on how to open responsibly.”

Like EVO, Santikos said it will also ask all customers if they — or anyone they have been in close contact with — has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms within the past 14 days. “If yes, you will not be allowed in the theater and we will reimburse you your ticket,” according to the new guidelines. 

Both companies are offering discounted $5 tickets during the reopening period, spaced seating, and have reconfigured their concessions to reduce person to person contact. “We are confident these daily procedures will provide a safe and enjoyable environment that will allow our community to escape this dreadful reality we’ve been living in,” said Santikos’ CEO. 

As Texas relaxes its regulations, the state has 1,725 people in the hospital due to COVID-19, and 30,522 cases reported, according to the state’s Department of Health. Of the 847 deaths reported statewide as of Saturday, 51 were in Austin’s Travis County, and 48 in San Antonio’s Bexar County. 

Data suggests the state is doing less than half of its ideal projection of testing 40,000 people a day, despite having over 250 testing sites across the state. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins told CBS News’ Omar Villafranca that his area needs “about four times as much testing” as they currently have before returning to business.

“Texas — it fights each day to be either dead last or next to last on the amount of testing,” Jenkins said. “To open up, you need to see [the number of cases] go down for two weeks.”

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Irrfan Movie

Irrfan Khan: Movie world pays tribute to Bollywood star’s ‘pure magic’ – BBC News

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Media captionDanny Boyle credits Irrfan Khan with propelling Slumdog Millionaire to Oscar glory

Director Danny Boyle, actress Angelina Jolie and a host of Bollywood stars have paid tribute to Indian actor Irrfan Khan, who has died aged 53.

Priyanka Chopra, who starred with him in 7 Khoon Maaf in 2011, said his “charisma” made for “pure magic” on set and on screen.

Khan was also known for roles in Jurassic World, Life of Pi and the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire.

Boyle told the BBC: “Irrfan was a wonderful actor and a pivotal figure in the making of Slumdog Millionaire.”

He added: “It wasn’t a huge role, and in fact on paper it was even less rewarding-looking.

“But Irrfan saw the possibility of guiding our audience – with his dignity, his grace, his charm, his intelligence and his calmness – through this crossword puzzle of an idea of a film.”

Angelina Jolie said she had been privileged to work with Khan on the set of 2007 drama A Mighty Heart.

“He stood out for his generosity as an artist, which made it a pleasure to work in any scene with him,” she told the BBC. “I remember the intensity of his commitment, and equally his smile. I send my condolences and my sympathy to his family, his friends, and all admirers of his work, in India and around the world.”

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Rogue One and Venom actor Riz Ahmed described Khan as “one of the greatest actors of our time”.

“I never met him but he was an inspiration and a hero to me and millions of others,” he wrote.

Chopra added on Twitter: “Your talent forged the way for so many in so many avenues. You inspired so many of us.”

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow described Khan as “a thoughtful man who found beauty in the world around him, even in pain”.

Having been diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine cancer in 2018, Khan underwent months of treatment in the UK.

Khan’s fellow Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor shared a photo of them together on Instagram, declaring: “You have no idea what your kindness meant to me at a time I was at my least confident.”

‘An incredible talent’

Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who worked with him on the film Piku, tweeted: “An incredible talent… a gracious colleague… a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema… left us too soon… creating a huge vacuum.”

Actor Raveena Tandon tweeted that Khan was a “fantastic co-star, an actor par excellence, and a beautiful human being”.

Actor Konkona Sensharma said Khan paved the way for many actors.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute, describing his death as “a loss to the world of cinema and theatre”.

Khan’s breakthrough came in the 2001 film The Warrior, the low-budget directorial debut of Asif Kapadia.

The Samurai-esque production went on to win the Bafta Award for best British film, propelling both actor and director into the spotlight.

Kapadia honoured the late star by simply posting the words “Love you Irrfan bhai [brother]” alongside a picture of him in action.

Khan was buried at the Versova Kabristan cemetery in Mumbai soon after the news of his death was announced on Wednesday. His family, close relatives and friends were present.

Four days earlier, Khan’s 95-year-old mother had died in Jaipur – but he could not attend her funeral because of India’s nationwide lockdown, aimed at tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

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