As 3,000 Cinemas Reopen, Will Moviegoers Return?

”The industry is still nowhere near business-as-usual and won’t be there any time soon,“ Boxoffice analyst Shawn Robbins tells TheWrap

After multiple delays, the movie theater industry’s attempt to get back on its feet after five months of COVID-19 closures is off to a pretty good start.

So far, 2,152 theaters have reopened in North America, including 1,738 in the United States. Several major states have shown no signs of allowing theaters to reopen any time soon, so it will still be quite some time before all 5,800+ U.S. cinemas are back in business. But several analysts and distribution execs have told TheWrap that if current reopening plans are not disrupted by any new outbreaks, approximately 3,000 cinemas should be open by the time Warner Bros. releases “Tenet” on Labor Day weekend.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • • Twitter: @jeremyfuster