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Local Regal, AMC cinemas set to reopen in late August

AMC theater and masks

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Cinemas operated by the nation's largest movie chains will resume operations in Fort Wayne -- more than five months after their last screenings.

The AMC Classic Fort Wayne 20 on East Dupont Road and AMC Classic Jefferson Pointe 18 shut down in March, when the COVID-19 outbreak led to widespread business closures.

Their reopening on Aug. 27 coincides with the company's wider effort to get movies back in front of an audience.

The nation’s largest movie theater chain will reopen some of its locations as soon as Aug. 20, with retro ticket prices of 15 cents per movie.

AMC touted the reopening as “Movies in 2020 at 1920 Prices.”

Regal Cinemas, the second largest chain, is to reopen some U.S. locations on Aug. 21.

That list includes the Regal Coldwater Crossing multiplex.

Tickets for that location will go on sale Aug. 14.

Smaller theaters and drive-ins across the ABC21 viewing area have been open for weeks, but have had little if any new material to show. Most screenings have involved older titles.

Theater operators hope the opening of the big chain locations will prompt the release of new movies to show.

Social distancing and mask requirements are in place to enhance the safety of movie patrons.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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