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With Bond film put off, Regal will close all of its theaters again - including in Culpeper
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With Bond film put off, Regal will close all of its theaters again - including in Culpeper

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BUSINESS ROLLER COASTER: Closed March 17 by state emergency order due to the pandemic, the Culpeper Regal reopened with limited seating on Aug. 28. It will go dark again at close of business on Oct. 8 as part of a nationwide closure due to the sustained COVID-19 economic downturn and public health crisis.

Regal is temporarily closing all of its movie theaters again, including the one in Culpeper, barely reopened for a month.

Cinema chain Cineworld, Regal Cinemas owner, announced Monday it will close all of its movie theaters in the U.S. this week after the postponement of the new James Bond film, “No Time to Die,” left a void in coming attractions.

“In response to an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape and sustained key market closures, Regal will suspend all operations at all theaters at close of business on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 until further notice,” Regal posted Monday afternoon.

The closures will affect all 536 U.S.-based Regal Cinemas and 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse venues in England. Some 45,000 employees are impacted.

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Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger said in a statement it was “not a decision we made lightly,” adding the company did “everything in its power to support a safe and sustainable reopening in the U.S.

“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,” Greidinger added.

After closing in mid-March per order of the Virginia state government, Culpeper’s Regal Cinemas finally reopened its doors to the public on Aug. 28 with limited showings and smaller, albeit enthusiastic movie goers.

Masks and distancing were required amid the ongoing pandemic. The local theater could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Universal Pictures and 007 producers said in a joint statement Friday that the Daniel Craig action movie is now set to begin its rollout April 2 “in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience.”

“We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing ‘No Time To Die’ next year,” the statement said.

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