AMC cuts movie seating capacity in half

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(AP/WEHT)- AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas, the country’s two largest chains, on Friday each said they would fill their theaters no more than 50%.

AMC said it would begin the policy Saturday and keep it until the end of April to help facilitate social distancing.

In larger auditoriums, the chain will no longer sell more than 250 tickets for a showing.

The bans against large crowds vary across the country and are rapidly changing, forcing different strategies for movie theaters in various parts of the country. California’s ban prohibits more than 250 people in a single space.

AMC says the reduction will run from Saturday through April 3rd.

The company also says it will enhance cleaning at its cinemas.


No word yet on if showplace cinemas will be making any changes in response to the coronavirus.

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(This story was originally published on March 12, 2020)

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