AMC Theatres Reducing Auditorium Capacity To At Least 50% As Chain Commits To “Social Distancing”

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As the first big movie theater chain to address the coronavirus situation in the U.S., AMC Theatres announced today that they’re reducing capacity in each of their auditoriums by 50% starting tomorrow Saturday, March 14 and continuing until April 30, 2020.

The chain will do so by capping ticket sales for each showtime in each of its theatre’s auditoriums to an amount equal to 50% of the normal seating capacity. In those auditoriums with more than 500 seats, AMC will further cap ticket sales to a maximum of 250 in any case. AMC is also actively complying with all local authorities’ directives on social gathering and is further reducing the availability of tickets to comply with any current or future federal, state or local governmental order.

Adam Aron, CEO and President, AMC Theatres, said: “The health and safety of our guests and theatre teams
are of the utmost importance to AMC. Therefore, AMC is proactively taking action to cut in half the number
of tickets that we will make available at all our U.S. theatres. With this action, we are facilitating the ‘social
distance’ between guests who still want to see movies on a big screen.”
Aron continued: “These are uncharted times in the United States. We are very closely monitoring the guidance
of the CDC. We are complying with all directives from federal, state and local health and government
authorities, and with our unilateral move to reduce capacity and increase social distancing we are going
beyond what governments are requiring of us. Founded in 1920, AMC Theatres has a proud history that spans
100 years. As we enter our second century, AMC remains firmly committed to offering a clean, healthy,
entertaining environment every time our guests come to movies at our theatres.”

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