New York, Los Angeles Movie Theaters Shut Down Over Coronavirus Concerns

If a movie doesn’t show in LA or NY, is it even really a movie? The global outbreak of COVID-19 aka the coronavirus has hit the two biggest cities for the movie industry. NY mayor Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti have closed down cinemas in their respective cities due to the pandemic.

The spread of the coronavirus has led to the practice of “social distancing” all around the world, with the CDC recommending all gatherings of more than 50 people be canceled immediately. This has led to the cancellation of numerous events, sports seasons, and delays of film and TV productions.  Movie theaters aren’t the only local businesses affected. Both NY and LA will see nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and more closed. Public schools have also been shut down for the time being.

AMC had announced a reduction in seating audience capacity by 50%, as their way complying with “social distancing” recommendations. But now, all of their 21 locations in NY will be closed to stay in compliance.

The global box office hit a two-decade low over the weekend as coronavirus fears began to take root. The impact will continue to be felt now, with the closure of multiplexes and smaller venues in the two biggest domestic movie markets.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.


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