CHICAGO — Regal Cinemas is closing its Lincoln Park and Logan Square theaters as part of a nationwide shutdown brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Webster Place, 1471 W. Webster Ave., and City North, 2600 N. Western Ave., theaters both will close Thursday, according to the company’s social media posts Monday.
The movie theater chain is suspending operations at all of its theaters until further notice “in response to an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape,” according to the company announcement. More than 500 Regal theaters across the country are closing in the move.
Movie theaters, which couldn’t reopen until Chicago reached Phase 4 of its reopening plan in June, have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic with people hesitant to visit them. More broadly, the company has struggled because studios have been hesitant to release any new films, particularly as theaters have remained closed in major markets such as New York.
The announcement came just days after the newest James Bond film, “No Time To Die,” announced it was again pushing back its release date until at least April 2021.
Regal’s two Chicago theaters are among its nine locations in Illinois that will close.
“This is not a decision we made lightly, and we did everything in our power to support a safe and sustainable reopening in the U.S. ..,” Mooky Greidinger, CEO of parent company Cineworld, said in a press release.
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