ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — In Guilderland and Colonie, two Regal Cinemas have a plan to reopen on Friday. Cineworld, the parent company of Regal, said that 11 New York theaters will open on Oct. 23.
“We are grateful to finally have initial guidelines from the state. With the implementation of robust health and safety measures as a part of our commitment to the CinemaSafe protocols, our New York theatres and staff are thoroughly prepared for a safe and sustainable reopening. After seven months, we are thrilled to welcome back our beloved staff and customers,” said Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld. “We are sure that the next step will be opening of cinemas in New York City, which is still critical for the recovery of the industry.
- Regal Colonie Center (Colonie)
- Regal Crossgates (Guilderland)
- Regal Walden Galleria (Buffalo, NY)
- Regal Quaker Crossing (Orchard Park, NY)
- Regal Deer Park (Deer Park, NY)
- Regal Lynbrook (Lynbrook, NY)
- Regal New Roc (New Rochelle, NY)
- Regal Galleria Mall (Poughkeepsie, NY)
- Regal Destiny USA (Syracuse, NY)
- Regal Eastview Mall (Victor, NY)
- Regal Westbury (Westbury, NY)
After seven months of quarantine and heavy restrictions on business operations in every industry, Regal recently announced that it would temporarily shutter its theaters in both the U.S. and the U.K., where they operate as Cineworld. However, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that theaters outside of New York can reopen at 25% capacity on Friday.
Legislators and theater-owners alike spent months petitioning the governor to allow movie theaters to reopen alongside other retailers like malls or casinos. For his part, Cuomo long maintained that theaters were a highly problematic special case in terms of pandemic preparedness.
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