What Happens if Warner Bros Has to Delay ‘Tenet’ Because Health Officials Aren’t Ready to Reopen Theaters?

Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi says cinema chain is prepared in the event “Tenet” can’t open due to COVID-related delays in major cities

Warner Bros.’ anticipated Christopher Nolan blockbuster “Tenet” is touted as the film that can reignite a movie business beleaguered by the coronavirus pandemic. But major questions remain as to whether major cities — including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago — will be ready to reopen theaters in time for “Tenet’s” July 17 release.

“I can’t promise you, nor can Warner Bros. promise you that ‘Tenet’ is going to open on July 17, but you have to choose a date to plan to,” Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi said during the company’s quarterly conference call with Wall Street analysts on Wednesday.

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Trey Williams

Trey Williams

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