All 536 Regal theatres in the U.S. will temporarily suspend operations following close of business on Thursday, October 8, 2020. At their website, https://www.regmovies.com/, the company announced “Regal will temporarily suspend operations at all theatres at close of business on Thursday, October 8, 2020 until further notice. This is in response to an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape and sustained key market closures.”

PR Newswire quoted Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Regal’s parent company, Cineworld, as saying “This is not a decision we made lightly, and we did everything in our power to support a safe and sustainable reopening in the U.S.– from putting in place robust health and safety measures at our theatres to joining our industry in making a collective commitment to the CinemaSafe protocols to reaching out to state and local officials to educate them on these initiatives. We are especially grateful for and proud of the hard work our employees put in to adapt our theatres to the new protocols and cannot underscore enough how difficult this decision was.” (https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/regal-to-temporarily-suspend-us-theatre-operations-on-october-8-301145394.html

There is no indication how long the shutdown is expected to last, with Regal’s site inviting patrons to “Please check back soon. We look forward to serving you again, as soon as possible.”