Local movie theaters close to avoid COVID-19 spread

Johnson City Press • Mar 17, 2020 at 12:27 PM

AMC Theatres, owner of the Johnson City 14 cineplex in North Johnson City, closed all its U.S. locations for at least six to 12 weeks Tuesday.

“We are ever so disappointed for our moviegoing guests and for our employee teams that the new CDC guidelines that Americans should not gather in groups larger than 10 people make it impossible to open our theatres,” AMC CEO and President Adam Aron said in an emailed statement. “Still, the health and wellbeing of AMC guests and employees, and of all Americans, takes precedence above all else. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and look forward to the day we can again delight moviegoers nationwide by reopening AMC movie theatres in accordance with guidance from the CDC and local health authorities.”

The company encouraged customers to use its on-demand video streaming app to watch movies in their homes. The service is available on AMC’s website or through mobile app stores.

Marquee Cinemas, which owns and manages the Pinnacle 12 in Bristol, Tennessee, also closed all of its locations Tuesday at 8 p.m., announced in a post on the parent company’s website.

The company said it would “continue to evaluate the situation as it evolves and make adjustments accordingly.”

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