Regal to Close Remaining New York and California Theaters

Regal Cinemas
Regal Cinemas
COVID-19 has dealt a deathblow to Regal Cinemas in New York and Los Angeles, with more to follow. 

The coronavirus pandemic has made theatrical distribution suffer unlike any other industry during the lockdown. Now, thanks to rampant losses, Regal Cinemas is going to shutter locations on both coasts.

According to Deadline Regal Cinemas will close the 18 locations in New York and California, effective Nov. 12. Those sites will stay closed now with the rest of the U.S. chain until further notice.  

New York cinemas have been closed under orders from Governor Andrew Cuomo, but there was some hope they would be back by now. But thanks to surges with COVID, that looks like a pipedream now. 

They had previously closed other theaters last month. The Cineworld-owned chain placed the blame for the closures on the unwillingness of California and New York governments to reopen their theaters.

"We did everything in our power to support safe and sustainable re-openings in all of our markets—including meeting, and often exceeding, local health and safety guidelines in our theatres and working constructively with regulators and industry bodies to restore public confidence in our industry," Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger said in a statement.

He indicated that it had been the chain's goal to survive until No Time to Die.

"But when the Bond decision arrived, a decision that followed numerous delays of other movies, we had to change the direction, close the cinemas and wait for a situation where the studios will be able to present a solid release schedule," Greidinger said. "The main thing blocking the studios is that they don’t see movement in New York—and in some other places—but New York is kind of the symbol. Even California is already 50% open."

The company-wide closures are expected to affect upwards of 45,000 thousand employees. 

With the news of a vaccine imminent, we hope that by this time next year business is booming and these people find some relief. 

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Well, I live in the UK. Cinema used £3.50 to £4.50 a ticket and the cinema, especially our local Cineworld were packed... It was a great time for friends and family. The truth about all that is that some people in the industry got greedy. Because now, well before Cineworld did close, it was between £10.50 and £15.50 (Imax) to watch a film and I can tell that for the last few year, it has been rather empty! I personally can afford it, but I have not been to the cinema for nearly 2 years now because it's empty and boring. Somebody tells me how people could afford or justify to go watch a movie at that price??? Now it does not seem to bother directors and actors getting 10s of millions for quite often a rather mediocre performance. And what about the studio?? What are those crazy budget to make a film... I think people got carried away and greedy and THAT is what is killing the cinema nothing else. Cinema nearly make a living because of all the greed up the chain. Sorry it feels like I'm going on a rant, but I have seen so many business I my life time going under because of some greedy people, it just kills me. So called Stars and celebrities have killed our cinemas. No one or nothing else.

November 11, 2020 at 11:44PM


OH! COVID when will you go from the earth.

January 4, 2021 at 11:13PM