Regal Cinemas is reopening 11 of its movie theaters in New York state after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s go signal, effective Friday.
“We are grateful to finally have initial guidelines from the state,” said Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
“With the implementation of robust health and safety measures as a part of our commitment to the CinemaSafe protocols, our New York theatres and staff are thoroughly prepared for a safe and sustainable reopening,” Greidinger added. He then said that they feel “thrilled to welcome back our beloved staff and customers” after seven months.
According to Fox Business, the go signal to “open theaters outside of greater New York City still comes with stipulations” where they limit audiences to 25% capacity. Nonetheless, the company does not have a problem with adhering to the requirement. After all, only two weeks have passed since Cineworld announced that will close its theater operations in the U.S. and the U.K. indefinitely.
This move affected 536 Regal cinemas in the United States. It also affected 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theaters in the U.K., Fox Business explained.
“We are sure that the next step will be opening of cinemas in New York City,” Greidinger said. He said this “is still critical for the recovery of the industry,” Greidinger said.