INDIANAPOLIS — With the list of things to do getting shorter and shorter as businesses take extra precautions due to coronavirus concerns, catching a movie may seem like a good plan for you and the family.
However, AMC Theatres announced Saturday it would be limiting the seating capacity in every AMC auditorium for the next six weeks.
AMC will be capping ticket availability to 50% of its standard seating capacity for every show time in every auditorium at all AMC theatres nationwide. Once magnitude hits the 50% mark, movie screenings will show as 'sold out.'
AMC will only be filling to half of its normal capacity starting Saturday through April 30.
AMC's CEO sent out the following message on Saturday:
"The challenge that this outbreak represents to you, and to your family, friends and community is likely not similar to anything you have seen before. All of us currently find ourselves having to process our way through uncertainty, understandable anxiety and heightened risk. At some point though, hopefully sooner rather than later, the world will return to normal. Throughout history, people have always risen to meet whatever challenges have been thrown their way — usually emerging stronger than ever.
What is most important now is that you stay safe and healthy. To that end, here is what AMC is doing to help ensure the safety and health of our moviegoers and theatre teams.
Earlier today, AMC announced our detailed plan to ensure a clean and healthy movie-watching environment for you at our U.S. theatres. Most importantly, we have taken bold nationwide action to encourage 'social distancing.'"
Like most other establishments, AMC has enhanced its theatre cleaning protocols. For instance, each auditorium will be thoroughly cleaned between every showtime.
To view the rest of AMC's response to the coronavirus, visit amctheatres.com.