Cinemark, AMC delay theater reopening plans

Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 10:38 AM CDT
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UPDATE, June 20

Two major theater chains with several locations in South Dakota have pushed back their reopening plans.

Both Cinemark, which has two theaters in Sioux Falls, and AMC, which has theaters in Aberdeen, Yankton, and Rapid City, have delayed their phased reopenings announced earlier this month.

Cinemark had initially planned to reopen its Carolyn Avenue location on July 10 and its Dawley Farms location on July 17. The company now says some of its theaters will begin reopening July 24, but it has not provided expected opening dates for individual theater locations.

AMC originally planned to begin a phased reopening of its theaters on July 15. On Monday, the company announced it was pushing back the implementation of that plan to July 30, with the hopes of all its theaters reopening by early August.

Both companies cited delays in several major movie releases, including Mulan and Tenet. These delays come as COVID-19 outbreaks are flaring up in recent weeks, forcing states like Texas and Florida to pause their reopening plans.



Two Sioux Falls movie theaters that temporarily closed due to COVID-19 will be reopening their doors next month.

Cinemark Theatres will reopen its two locations in Sioux Falls in July.

The Century Stadium 14 and XD location in southwest Sioux Falls will open July 10. The Century East at Dawley Farm location will open July 17.

Theaters across the country have slowly began reopening after they were shuttered due to the pandemic. The West Mall 7 theater in Sioux Falls and theaters in Watertown and Pierre opened in late May. AMC, which owns theaters in Aberdeen and other communities, says it plans to reopen all its theaters by the end of July.