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Thursday, August 13, 2020

No Thanks: AMC is Celebrating 100 Years and Their Mid-Pandemic Reopening with 15-Cent Tickets

AMC Entertainment is celebrating its 100-year anniversary by reopening its theater chain with 15-cent tickets at more than 100 locations on August 20.

Per Deadline: For a “Centennial Celebration, all AMC U.S. theatre locations that open on August 20 will offer all available seats for all movies that day for the 1920’s admission price of 15 cents each (while offered on all available seats, to achieve social distancing overall seating capacity will be significantly reduced).”

There’s great irony in the fact that AMC will be reopening during a pandemic and pricing tickets the same as they were during the H1N1 pandemic of 1918. But I digress.

Look, things are incredibly complicated, especially since our leaders decided to weaponize the pandemic for political gain over focusing on our safety and health. Because of this, there are a great number of people who don’t care understand as to why we’re being asked to wear a mask in public. Herein lies the problem. Those who refuse to wear a mask are not only endangering others, but they’re also the most likely to catch and spread COVID-19.

The fact that we can’t unify as a country is the main reason why this writer won’t be stepping into a theater anytime soon.

According to the site, AMC said its “Safe & Clean” protocols developed under close cooperation with public health and safety experts are to be stringently enforced at all AMC locations.

“Safe” and “clean” are in quotes for a reason. Not only can AMC not guarantee a safe environment – even a .00000001% chance of infection means it’s not safe – but the idea that AMC employees will actually “clean” theaters is pure comedy. AMC, the same chain that still hasn’t implemented a strict no-cellphone use policy, is going to enforce mask usage? Ha. This is the same theater chain that leaves children’s fingerprints all over the glass separators and never wipes down the seats from spilled butter and other messes.

Let’s also not forget that this is the same company that announced they were reopening without mask enforcement, which should be evidence enough that they don’t care about public safety, only their bottom line.

Deadline adds, approximately 300 additional AMC locations around the country are expected to open during the following two weeks leading to the release of Disney’s The New Mutants on August 28 and Warner Bros.’ Tenet on September 3. And “AMC Stubs members will earn double points on all ticket and food and drink purchases through the end of October.”

Food and drink? This has become a hot topic of debate. How will masks be enforced if people need to take them off in order to eat and drink?

What it all comes down to is that AMC’s history doesn’t instill much confidence in me. Tickets could be free and I still wouldn’t go. What say you? Sound off below.


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