AMC Theatres are welcoming customers back for the first time since March, and to celebrate that — and their hundredth birthday — they’re offering 2020 movie tickets at 1920 prices.
That means moviegoers will pay just 15 cents a ticket when AMC reopens more than 100 of their cinemas on Thursday, Aug. 20.
It’s been a roller coaster of a year for AMC. It didn’t look like they were ever going to reopen. Then they inked a major deal with Universal to make it easier to stream new releases.
Here’s what you need to know:
Super-cheap tickets will be for “bring-back” titles.
The movie industry has been at a standstill due to coronavirus, so new movies are rare. AMC is reopening with a lineup of “bring-back” hits, including:
- Black Panther
- Back to the Future
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
The movie tickets will cost just 15 cents on reopening day but afterward will only cost $5 per person. Check the list to see if your cinema will be open on Aug. 20 for the 15-cent day.
New movies are coming starting Aug. 21, though.
Part of the reason we’ve had to wait so long for AMC to reopen is that movie studios weren’t releasing new films.
AMC has released a lineup of movies they’ll be showing in August and September. The following new films will have regular admission prices:
- Unhinged (8/21)
- Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (8/21)
- Cut Throat City (8/21)
- Words on Bathroom Walls (8/21)
- Inception 10th Anniversary Event (8/21)
- The New Mutants (8/28)
- Personal History of David Copperfield (8/28)
- Tenet (9/3)
- Infidel (9/11)
- The King’s Man (9/18)
- War With Grandpa (9/18)
Full information on the movies and their showtimes is available at amctheatres.com.
Popcorn will be available for just $5 through October.
AMC will be welcoming back moviegoers with various other discounts on concessions.
Disney’s “Mulan” remake isn’t scheduled to play at AMC.
AMC doesn’t have a deal with Disney the way they do with Universal Pictures, so it’s not super surprising that AMC is skipping out on the live-action remake of “Mulan.”
Disney has decided to release the film simultaneously in select theaters and on streaming platform Disney+ — and AMC has shown that they disapprove of releasing films straight to streaming.
By the time “Tenet” releases on Sept. 3, AMC plans to reopen 2/3 of their theaters.
Between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, AMC will go from having 100 theaters open to more than 400. The chain has about 600 cinemas nationwide.
AMC will be running new “Safe & Clean” protocols.
When theaters reopen, moviegoers will see the following changes:
- “Significant reductions” in how many people can attend each showing
- Seat blocking to allow social distancing between parties
- Extra time between showings to allow for enhanced cleaning procedures
- Mandatory mask wearing for all guests and employees
- New hand sanitizing stations throughout the theater
Or, if you’re still worried, you could always just rent out a Texas theater for you and your buddies.