NEW YORK (WKBW) — Regal Cinemas announced Wednesday it will be temporarily suspending operations in New York and California "until the public health and operational environment allows for the resumption of a full release slate."
After months in the dark movie theaters were given the green light to reopen in New York State on October 23. Regal Walden Galleria and Regal Quaker Crossing reopened at that time. Locations in North Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Williamsville, along with other U.S. markets, remained closed due to the lack of new releases.
Before theaters were given the green light to reopen, the property owner of the Quaker Crossing Retail Center sued New York State, claiming the extended shut down was unconstitutional.
In a statement announcing the suspension of operations in NY and CA Regal said:
"Regal will continue to monitor the situation closely in coordination with guidance from public health officials and will communicate any future plans to resume operations when key markets offer more concrete plans on their reopening status and, in turn, studios are able to bring their pipeline of major releases back to the big screen."