Why Georgia Movie Theaters Probably Won’t Reopen Next Week Despite What Gov. Kemp Says

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Several issues, including employee retraining and public fear of coronavirus, still stand as hurdles for Georgia’s cinemas

Brian Kemp

While Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has given the green light to begin reopening movie theaters and other businesses next week, most cinemas in the state are taking a wait-and-see approach driven by practical, social and economic challenges in the aftermath of the coronavirus shutdown.  Cinemark, which has two Georgia multiplexes, is continuing with plans to reopen nationwide in July; AMC Theaters, which has 34 multiplexes in Georgia, did not respond to requests for comment. The fear of infection could keep audiences away for some time — as will the lack of new movies to screen. Hollywood studios have postponed all movie releases through the end of June at least.