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Regal shutting down theaters until public health, operational environments allow full release slate

A few weeks ago movie theater operators rejoiced that they were able to reopen in the Finger Lakes and Central New York.

However, as COVID-19 cases spiked a second time, and new economic restrictions loom – Regal Cinemas announced that it was suspending operation.

“In line with our previously announced strategy, Regal is temporarily suspending operations end of day Thursday at the remainder of our theatres in New York State and California until the public health and operational environment allows for the resumption of a full release slate,” Regal said in a statement.


Clearly, business wasn’t flowing the way the company had hoped.

“This change affects a very limited number of our theatres, which we had kept open following the delayed approval of theatre reopenings in their markets and in line with our wish to allow more of our customers to see Tenet on the big screen. Regal will continue to monitor the situation closely in coordination with guidance from public health officials and will communicate any future plans to resume operations when key markets offer more concrete plans on their reopening status and, in turn, studios are able to bring their pipeline of major releases back to the big screen,” the statement concluded.

Regal has locations throughout the Finger Lakes and Central New York. The location in Victor was one of those that had reopened after closing through the spring and summer.