Can US Movie Theaters Stay Open With Coronavirus Fears and No New Studio Films?

With all spring blockbusters delaying release, theater chains will soon have to make some hard decisions

Between the ongoing anxiety about the coronavirus pandemic and Hollywood studios’ decision this week to postpone of the next month’s slate of wide releases, movie theaters are facing increased pressure to make some tough decisions about whether they can and should remain open.

“It is pretty obvious what is going to happen,” Exhibitor Relations analyst Jeff Bock told TheWrap on Thursday. “With everything else that is public shutting down, from sports leagues to concerts to Disneyland, it will begin to seem irresponsible for movie theaters not to do the same. This is the way public sentiment is going and I just don’t see a lot of theaters, at least in major cities like Los Angeles and New York, staying open for long after this weekend.”

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Jeremy Fuster

Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com