As COVID-19 continues to gain momentum across the United States, it has prompted many theater chains to shut down for business in attempts to mitigate the spread of the virus. Landmark Theaters has now announced the closure of all 49 locations amid the outbreak.
As reported by Deadline, the official statement reads:
“All Landmark Theatres are temporarily closed as of Midnight tonight. This decision allows our staff to remain at home during this critical time. We will be in touch when we plan to reopen. We hope everyone stays safe during this time and we look forward to seeing you at the movies soon!”
Landmark Theatres will be closing all locations for the time being, effective midnight Tuesday. The theater chain, which was founded in 1974, follows suit with the actions of others, as rival chain Regal Cinemas announced the shutdown of its theaters nationwide Monday afternoon. AMC Theaters recently sliced the capacity of their theaters in half, selling only 50 tickets out per screening, slimming the chances of crowded houses that would contribute to the viral spread. Across the globe, the impact of the novel coronavirus has been felt as the entertainment industry braces for what is to come.
Enveloped in the catastrophic shifts caused by the coronavirus are the productions of more feature length titles, including Warner Bros’ “Fantastic Beasts 3,” which was set to start production in the U.K. Monday. Production work on television series also see an uphill battle, with shows like Hulu’s third season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” sitting on postponement delay, and Netflix’s second season of “The Witcher” suspending production due to caution. Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” was cast for a role in “The Witcher” a few weeks back and has announced Monday that he tested positive for coronavirus while in Norway.
More closings and postponements within the industry are expected to happen as many exercise caution to not further spread COVID-19.