Some theaters in the nation will be less occupied after AMC Theatres decided to limit seating at all its locations through April 30 amid COVID-19 concerns.
AMC Theatres announced Friday, March 13 its full support of and compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on social distancing.
Beginning Saturday, March 14 and continuing until April 30, AMC will cut in half the seating capacity of each theater's auditoriums. It will do so by capping ticket sales for each showtime in each of its theater’s auditoriums to an amount equal to 50% of the normal seating capacity, according to a release.
In those auditoriums with more than 500 seats, AMC will further cap ticket sales to a maximum of 250 in any case.
“The health and safety of our guests and theatre teams are of the utmost importance to AMC,” stated Adam Aron, CEO and President, AMC Theatres. “These are uncharted times in the United States.”
According to the release, AMC says it is taking aggressive, nationwide steps to provide additional space between guests within all its U.S. theatres, to keep its theaters clean and to discourage those with health concerns from coming to its theaters.
AMC is also actively complying with all local authorities’ directives on social gathering and is further reducing the availability of tickets to comply with any current or future federal, state or local governmental order.
AMC theater teams are following AMC’s stringent health and safety cleaning protocols, which have been enhanced to ensure that at least once per hour within an AMC building, the theater team is cleaning high-touch point areas, including kiosks, counter tops, restroom areas, glass, handrails and doorknobs. In addition, AMC cleans every auditorium between every showtime, according to the release.
AMC has theaters around the Phoenix area, including Glendale, Phoenix and Surprise.