2nd largest movie theater chain in the US temporarily shuttering its more than 500 cinemas around the country

Regal Cinemas said on Monday that it will be temporarily closing its more than 500 cinemas around the nation starting on Thursday.

The entertainment company operates 536 cinemas nationwide, but the organization, like others, has struggled this summer as governors kept theaters closed as part of the Covid-19 lockdowns. Regal closed all of its cinemas in mid-March & has slowly reopened as states and cities lifted their lockdown orders.

With most individuals staying inside, major summer blockbusters have either been postponed, like “Black Widow,” “In The Heights,” “West Side Story” and “Top Gun: Maverick,” or pivoted to streaming services or on demand, like “Mulan” and “Hamilton.”

A few tent-pole films still remain on the 2020 schedule, including “Wonder Woman: 1984” and “Dune.”