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Texas Governor Says Movie Theaters May Reopen Starting May 1

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2020 3:51 PM and updated on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 11:17 AM

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced recently that movie theaters in the state may reopen starting Friday, May 1, 2020.

Even given that allowance, many theater chains may choose not to be the first to try reopening. AMC has said publicly that it has no intention of opening any of its 600+ locations until new movie releases are available. Currently, the first new release on our Movies Coming Soon page is Christopher Nolan's Tenet on July 17th.

Variety published an article today that said as much:

Abbott acknowledged that many companies would choose to remain closed.

“This is permission to open, not a requirement,” Abbott said.

Abbott added theaters and other establishments would be allowed to operate at only 25% capacity, which may make it uneconomical for many businesses to operate.

The major theater chains are unlikely to reopen without the support of major studio releases, which in turn are unlikely to be distributed until theaters across the country are able to screen them.

Click the Read link below to view the full article.

Update: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema came out and said that they would not be reopening their locations in Texas this weekend. Please see the News Article linked below for details.

According to our records, there are more than 400 movie theaters in Texas, including twelve drive-ins.

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Theater photo above is the AMC Rivercenter 11 with Alamo IMAX in San Antonio, Texas in 2018. Copyright © 2020, SVJ Designs, LLC. All rights reserved.

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