AMC Entertainment Sept. 11 announced that as of tomorrow, the nation’s largest exhibitor will have resumed operations in more than 460 locations nationwide, or nearly 80% of the chain’s domestic footprint. The new tally is the result of dozens of locations re-opening in high-profile locations such as Orange County, Calif., Maryland and New Jersey.
After opening its first two locations in Jersey on Sept. 4, AMC will soon be operating fully all its theaters in the Garden State, with 24 theaters reopening this week and one theater expected to open early next week. On Sept. 10, seven AMC theaters in Maryland re-opened for the first time since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the entire industry.
AMC will reopen three locations on Sept. 11 in Orange County, Calif., and a fourth on Sept. 12. These four theaters are the first AMCs in the greater Los Angeles area to resume operations since March.
Earlier this week, AMC announced that it welcomed its one-millionth moviegoing guest in the United States since reopening. The Company reached that number in less than three weeks and despite significant seating capacity restrictions in place at all open theaters of between 25% and 40% of the maximum capacity. That attendance jumped to more than 4 million when including AMC’s owned theaters in Europe and the Middle East, many of which resumed operations in June and July.
“AMC is coming off our most successful weekend since reopening, thanks in large part to Warner Bros. release of Tenet,” CEO Adam Aron said in a statement. “That is another encouraging sign that our industry is beginning its way back.”