AMC and Regal Theaters Reducing Seating Capacity Over Coronavirus

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Movie theater chains AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group -- the nation's two largest movie theater chains -- have announced they are reducing their maximum capacity by at least 50% due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Starting Saturday, March 14, and continuing until April 30th, AMC is capping ticket sales for each of its theaters to an amount equal to 50% of the normal seating capacity.

“With this action, we are facilitating the `social distance' between guests who still want to see movies on a big screen,” said Adam Aron, CEO and president of AMC Theatres.

AMC will now only sell half the number of tickets per theater that it normally does, and any theater with more than 500 seats will be automatically capped at a max of 250 people. AMC is also having its theaters comply with local and federal restrictions on large gatherings and limiting ticket availability and screenings in certain auditoriums as a result.

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