Due To Coronavirus Concern, AMC Theatres To Reduce Movie Capacity by 50%

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FRAMINGHAM – AMC announced on March 14 its detailed plan to ensure a clean and healthy movie-watching environment at its U.S. theatres, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Most importantly, we have taken bold nationwide action to encourage “social distancing.”

Changes according to AMC Theatre CEO & President Adam Aron include a 50% reduction in seating capacity.

“To give you more empty space around you within our theatres, we are capping ticket availability to 50% of the normal seating capacity for every showtime in every auditorium at all AMC theatres nationwide. Once we hit 50% of an auditorium’s capacity, movie screenings will show as being Sold Out, even though by definition there will be a large number of unfilled seats. This will begin Saturday, March 14, and for now, will continue until April 30,” said Aron.

For those AMC auditoriums with more than 500 seats, we will further reduce bookings to a maximum of 250 people in any case.

And, it goes without saying that AMC is actively complying with all current and future federal, state and local authorities’ directives on social gathering.


  • AMC theatre teams are following AMC’s stringent health and safety cleaning protocols, which include that every auditorium is thoroughly cleaned between each and every showtime.
  • In addition, AMC has instituted enhanced cleaning protocols, which ensure that at least once per hour within an AMC building, the theatre team is cleaning high-touch point areas, including: kiosks, counter tops, restroom areas, glass, handrails and doorknobs.


  • AMC has mandated that any theatre associate who feels ill is excused from work and should not come to the theatre.
  • We urge all potential guests to stay at home and seek medical assistance if they are not feeling well.


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