COVID-19 Movie Shutdown

The impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 movie season.


Joe Valerio, Staff Writer

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have not been easy on the current movie season. The state-regulated quarantine forced movie theaters to close and remain shut down since March 17, including Regal Cinemas and AMC theater locations.

The closure of these institutions has not only had movie theater employees worried but Hollywood as well. Big-budget films slated to hit theaters this year, such as Mulan, No Time to Die, and The New Mutants, are being released online or postponed from in-theater showings. This domino effect has caused Hollywood to lose millions in ticket sales and has left cinema employees unable to return to work in recent months.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also dramatically affected current Hollywood productions, as filming of  The Matrix 4, Mission Impossible 4, and Matt Reeves were postponed.

Hopefully, many businesses will be reopening this month, and we will see the movie-going experience return to normal soon.

In the meantime, if you are among that 50% going to the movie theater, be safe and wear a mask while practicing social distancing.