As LA Movie Theaters Reopen, Indies Are Lagging Behind the Major Chains

Jeremy Fuster
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The first few days after Los Angeles movie theaters reopened this week reflected the mixed outlook facing the industry: Plenty of reasons for hope but tough challenges ahead — especially for smaller chains and art-house cinemas. This weekend, AMC Theatres will have all 25 of its Los Angeles County locations back online. The chain’s Burbank and Century City locations, which reopened on Monday, filled a combined 40 screenings on that day up to the 25% limit mandated by California’s four-tier reopening system, according to an individual with knowledge of the company. Cinemark is also in the process of reopening its locations not only in Los Angeles but across California. CEO Mark Zoradi said that locations in Van Nuys, Playa Vista and at the Howard Hughes Center near LAX have seen solid business and multiple limited-capacity sellouts. Plans are continuing to open more locations in cities like Sacramento and San Bernardino, and the chain plans to have 59 of its 61 California theaters back online by the end of the week. Also Read: How the Last Blockbuster Store Is Surviving the Pandemic: Nostalgia, Sleepovers and T-Shirt Sales “The two most important states to our chain are California and Texas, and getting...

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